new cloud region for Asia Pacific, located in beautiful Sydney. This means Australian customers will be able to have local access to high-performance, low latency Amazon Cloud services, instead of having to resort to the Tokyo or Singapore regions. I took us a couple of days longer than usual, but we are happy to announce that since yesterday all BitNami applications are available for deployment in the Sydney region. This includes ready-to-run AMIs in both EBS and instance-store flavors for 50+ of the leading open source web applications and development frameworks.
In addition to supporting the library of BitNami applications, we have added support for this new region to BitNami Cloud Hosting, a self-service application portal that allows you build and launch servers in the AWS cloud. With BitNami Cloud Hosting, each server can be automatically backed up periodically, monitored and resized as needed, all with the click of a button, making it the perfect complement to the regular AWS Console. Now that's what we call a real cloud :)