WP Engine expands with new AWS data center in Canada

WP Engine for WordPressWP Engine announced the expansion of its footprint with new Amazon Web Services (AWS) data center availability across North America for its 60,000+ customers.

WP Engine, an Amazon Advanced Technology Partner, offers enterprise-grade, high resiliency, high availability solutions on the WordPress-optimized AWS architecture. Customers will benefit from the best uptime protection and risk mitigation with elimination of single points of failure.

“Today’s digital business initiatives are hyper reliant on network connectivity creating heightened sensitivity toward any network downtime,” said Jason Cohen, founder and CTO of WP Engine.

Building on availability in the U.S., Australia, U.K. and Ireland, WP Engine customers on Enterprise Cluster plans can now select the local Canadian data center. Selecting a domestic data center can reduce latency for local site visitors, improve SEO and increase conversions with faster page load times.

The domestic data centers also help support compliance for regulations including the Canadian Digital Privacy Act and regulations from other jurisdictions including PIPEDA and EU Data Protection Directive.

The new data center is available based on plan type, with additional AWS data center availability expected to follow.

“With WP Engine, we are able to improve performance which helps us deliver on our promise to build, grow and protect the customer’s online brand,” said Sean O’Brien, VP, Director of Technology & Innovation at Padilla.

WP Engine is committed to furthering sustainability efforts by working with providers that invest in renewable resources. In 2016, AWS exceeded their goal of using 40 percent of renewable resources to power its data centers and plans to reach 50 percent in 2017.

Meanwhile, WP Engine recently passed the milestone of 10,000 customers in its EMEA region two years after opening the doors of WP Engine London.

“When we opened the London office, WP Engine’s first international office, we knew there was an opportunity to make WordPress enterprise grade for customers and we wanted to be present in market to help support this growing EMEA customer base,” said Fabio Torlini, Managing Director EMEA at WP Engine.

WP Engine has more than 60,000 customers worldwide. Customers include AMD, Network Rail, New Relic, Ryanair, Thomson Reuters, Under Armour and Warby Parker in over 140 countries. WordPress powers more than 28 percent of the web.