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Announcing Pantheon’s New European Region: Now in Limited Availability

UPDATE: International Regions (including Australia and Canada) are now in General Availability.

Today we’re excited to announce Pantheon’s new European Union (EU) Region. Whether you need your WordPress or Drupal site to meet data residency requirements or have a performance use case not solved by caching requests through Pantheon’s Global CDN, we’ve got you covered.

European Data Residency

Our new data center locations let customers launch sites with guarantees that site data resides in the EU. Let’s break that down:

Graphic showing site resources for customers in Europe will reside in our EU data centers

Pantheon may transfer data outside the EU for customer service, and similar purposes.  All data transfers outside the EU are made in compliance with GDPR.

Pantheon sites running in Europe have all site resources in the EU—from application and database containers, to distributed filesystem and request router, to Redis cache servers and Apache Solr index servers.

Automated and manual backups of all site components (code, database, and files) are stored in the EU, created by job workers also running in the EU. Additionally, any database or file clones between site environments are run by EU job workers. Now you can run WordPress or Drupal sites on Pantheon and meet legal, regulatory, or data sovereignty requirements from the European Union.

Same Workflow & Pantheon Experience, Now Across Continents

In addition to Pantheon’s developer tools that enable best practice agile operations, our new data center locations in Europe unlock new use cases for localized site performance. If your site needs to deliver authenticated traffic to European end-users or makes heavy use of APIs located in Europe, our new EU region will reduce latency and improve overall performance. We’ve observed performance improvements of 100ms per request or more for European end-users. That’s 4x faster time to first byte!

Graphic showing reduced latency of 33 milliseconds for time to first byte

EU Region Limited Availability for Enterprise Customers

Our new EU region is available for enterprise customers at this time. If you are interested in launching a site in this region or learning more, please contact us.

General availability is slated for late 2019 and will open up the EU Region for customers paying with a credit card. We also plan to launch limited availability for Australian and Canadian regions before the end of the year. If you’re interested in talking about a project in one of those regions, or if you think we should consider launching another region, then please let us know.

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