Amazon Web Services Inc. launched this week its Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, the ninth region in which the company has deployed its global cloud computing platform.

Australia-based businesses and global companies with customers in Australia can now leverage the AWS technology infrastructure platform to run applications in the cloud. The newly launched region is the third in Asia Pacific for AWS, joining Singapore and Tokyo, and is now available for any business or software developer.

The new Asia Pacific region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

AWS customers focused on running high-availability applications can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve higher fault-tolerance, the company said.

“Over 10,000 customers in Australia and New Zealand are already using AWS, and this is before opening our new AWS Region in Australia today,” Andy Jassy, senior vice president, AWS, said in a statement. “With the ability to achieve single-digit millisecond latency to end users in Sydney, store data locally in Australia, and get to market more quickly and inexpensively by using AWS’s [platform], we expect the launch of AWS’s Sydney Region to further increase the amount of Australian and New Zealand customers leveraging AWS.”

Amazon will add a local technical support operation in Australia early next year, as part of the AWS global network of support center operations that supports customers around the world.