Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD), a cloud services provider in China, today announced a strategic technology partnership and the launch of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. NWCD operates and provides services from the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, in full compliance with Chinese regulations. Founded in 2015, NWCD is a licensed datacenter and cloud services provider, based in Ningxia, China. NWCD joins Sinnet, the operator of the AWS China (Beijing) Region, as AWS’s second operating partner in China. Through these relationships, AWS provides its industry-leading technology, guidance, and expertise to NWCD and Sinnet, while NWCD and Sinnet operate and provide AWS Cloud services to local customers. While the cloud services offered in both AWS China Regions are the same as those available in other AWS Regions, the AWS China Regions are isolated from all other AWS Regions and operated by AWS’s Chinese partners separately from all other AWS Regions. Customers using the AWS China Regions enter into customer agreements with Sinnet in Beijing and NWCD in Ningxia, rather than with AWS. Existing customers can choose the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and/or the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, by selecting either AWS China Region directly from the Management Console, while new customers can request an account at www.amazonaws.cn to begin using either AWS China Region.

Q1: Why is AWS partnering with NWCD?

A: AWS has formed a strategic technology collaboration with NWCD, and NWCD operates and provides services from the AWS China (Ningxia) Region in full compliance with Chinese regulations. Founded in 2015, NWCD is a licensed datacenter and cloud services provider, based in Ningxia, China.

Q2: What is AWS’s relationship with Sinnet?

A: The AWS China (Beijing) Region will continue to be operated and provided by Sinnet, with AWS continuing to provide technology, guidance, and expertise to Sinnet. Sinnet offers the customer agreement for AWS China (Beijing) Region services, issues bills and fapiaos, and receives payment for AWS China (Beijing) Region services.

Q3: What is NWCD’s relationship with Sinnet?

A: NWCD and Sinnet are separate companies, with NWCD acting as the operator of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region and Sinnet as the operator of the AWS China (Beijing) Region. Both companies are working together to ensure the best experience for customers using both Regions.

Q4: Will service prices be different for the AWS China (Ningxia) Region?

A: Most services will be priced differently in the AWS China Regions. For more information, please visit the pricing pages in the AWS Management Console.

Q5: How will my bill change?

A: There will be no significant changes to invoices issued by Sinnet for usage of the AWS China (Beijing) Region, although you may notice some logo changes on the invoice. Customers using the AWS China (Ningxia) Region will receive an invoice from NWCD with separate payment remittance instructions for NWCD.

Q6: How many fapiaos will I receive, and who issues them?

A: If you use the AWS China (Beijing) Region, you will receive fapiaos from Sinnet. If you use the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, you will receive fapiaos from NWCD. If you use both regions, you will receive fapiaos from both Sinnet and NWCD.

Q7: Will my customer agreement change?

A: Usage of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region will be subject to the NWCD Customer Agreement. Usage of the AWS China (Beijing) Region will continue to be subject to the Sinnet Customer Agreement.