Our Data Centers

AWS pioneered cloud computing in 2006, creating cloud infrastructure that allows you to securely build and innovate faster. We are continuously innovating the design and systems of our data centers to protect them from man-made and natural risks. Then we implement controls, build automated systems, and undergo third-party audits to confirm security and compliance. As a result, the most highly-regulated organizations in the world trust AWS every day. Take a virtual tour of one of our data centers to learn about our security approach to protect the data of millions of active monthly customers.

Perimeter Layer

AWS data center physical security begins at the Perimeter Layer. This layer includes a number of security features depending on the location, such as security guards, fencing, security feeds, intrusion detection technology, and other security measures.

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Data Layer

The Data Layer is the most critical point of protection because it is the only area that holds customer data. Protection begins by restricting access and maintaining a separation of privilege for each layer. In addition, we deploy threat detection devices and system protocols, further safeguarding this layer.

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Infrastructure Layer

The Infrastructure Layer is the data center building and the equipment and systems that keep it running. Components like back-up power equipment, the HVAC system, and fire suppression equipment are all part of the Infrastructure Layer.

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Environmental Layer

The Environmental Layer is dedicated to environmental considerations from site selection and construction to operations and sustainability. AWS carefully chooses our data center locations to mitigate environmental risk, such as flooding, extreme weather, and seismic activity.

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