Amazon Web Services has opened a new network facility in Dublin to help improve the performance of its AWS Direct Connect cloud offering.

AWS said the opening would make it easier for companies to establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS.

"You can establish private connectivity between AWS and your data centre, office, or co-location environment," said AWS.

"This has the potential to reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience than internet-based connections."

The Dublin facility is the eleventh Direct Connect location to open, and the second one in Europe. The new location is at the Eircom Clonshaugh data centre.

"If you have equipment within this facility you can use Direct Connect to optimise your connection to AWS", said Amazon.

"If your equipment is located somewhere else, you can work with one of our partners supporting Direct Connect to establish a connection from your location to a Direct Connection location, and from there on to AWS."

Amazon Web Services suffered a number of high profile outages last year, with some AWS customers criticised for not having back-up services in place to serve customers.