This blog provides general information to help you understand and get started using AWS services in Beijing and Ningxia Regions in China. We will assume readers are familiar with AWS services, and focus this blog on how the Beijing and Ningxia Regions are different from standard global regions.
Nowadays Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a reliable and low-cost infrastructure platform in order to power millions of businesses in 190 countries around the world. In 2006 AWS first started its services to the customers which are now considered to be the most adopted platform that helps customers to transform their businesses in various geographical regions. AWS however offers its services on a very large scale and to strengthen the startups as well as any large enterprise.
It’s rightly said that less knowledge is dangerous therefore we all need proper guidance and information before joining this comprehensive and most adopted platform. AWS is available in China with its multiple services in the business field. Whether you are a new growing startup or large enterprise, you can take the benefit of AWS. AWS global and AWS China provide resources and services to millions of customers in the easiest and most comprehensive way.
In the race of business, China has great significance in various fields. China has become an important market for business, as the rise of the technologies, internet, and other inventions allowed more and more customers to begin online businesses. It’s considered the first country outside of the United States to have more than one region equipped with AWS services. AWS China is accessible to millions of customers in two regions of China. In order to benefit from AWS China services and facilities, you need an account.
Accounts and Regions in China
You can easily get access to AWS China through a proper customer account. Customers who want to utilize the services and resources, it’s mandatory to own an AWS China account. Specifically, AWS China has two regions: Beijing and Ningxia. Both regions are operated by two separate service providers. Therefore both regions are required to create an AWS China account. Those customers who wish to use resources outside of China need an AWS global account. Due to the separate infrastructures, the user accounts of AWS China are completely different from AWS global. There is no direct connection between the AWS global and AWS China. So we can say that AWS China has no direct access and connectivity with other AWS regions outside of China. We recently published a blog explaining all the differences between AWS global and AWS China.
Moreover, AWS China has the same console experience as other AWS regions possess. The operator does not need any extra training and sessions to use the services within China. For customers’ comfort AWS China‘s official website is accessible in both regions therefore customers can easily log into their AWS China accounts and consequently they can easily use the services. We have created a tutorial on how to create an AWS account in China, just follow these guidelines.
Chinese Laws and Regulatory Requirements
You need proper requirements for the account registrations. According to Chinese laws and regulations, there is a proper certification process of the identity and required credentials for an account. As a customer, you need to provide a valid Chinese business license issued by the bureau of industry and commerce. Customers who want to use the AWS China regions are required to have a separate account. Customers having an existing account will not be able to get access to both AWS China regions.
As for security purposes, you need to fulfill the complete ICP (Internet Content Provider) process which requires customers to provide information about the owner of the website, domain name, IP address, content, and security contact person to protect customers. So the customer is much more conscious to get rid of violation by publishing documents without the ICP process. So the customers don’t publish websites without completing the ICP process. However, these steps are taken to protect customers from the violations. Only a valid Chinese business license by the Bureau of industry and commerce will give you access to an AWS account. AWS China (Beijing) region is operated by Sinnet while on the other hand AWS China (Ningxia) region is operated by NWCD. They both are responsible for the content they host and provide full support with no additional charges.
AWS services in the China region
You need to take into account, that not all AWS services are available in the China region. All core services like EC2, S3, IAM, VPC and RDS are there. Anyways, all remaining services are being added over time, and have increased substantially in the past three years.
In the screenshot below you can find all available AWS services (12.2020):
AWS China Gateway has introduced several ways to help customers in China to understand these particular services to proactively share the information with customers. AWS China Gateway aims to provide a one-stop service to customers outside of China to leverage the AWS China regions. Read our blog to know more about the AWS China Gateway. We, at Roopu Cloud, are offering our services to help customers on their journey to China.
AWS Marketplace in China recently announced the availability of its official website in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region and AWS China (Beijing) Region. AWS China marketplace is an online digital catalog that makes it easy for customers to find, test, deploy, and manage third-party software. Likewise, the AWS China marketplace now offers more than 100 software in numerous classes such as data analytics, networking, security, storage, business application, and operating system.
AWS Partner Network (APN) program
AWS global and AWS China are linked with the APN partner network. APN is a global partner program for technology and consulting businesses that leverage AWS services to build solutions and services for customers. APN helps companies build markets and sell their AWS offering by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support. Roopu Cloud is an APN consulting partner. This program accredits that APN partners are well professional and well trained who help customers in various ways.
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