Amazon Web Services has announced that it will open an infrastructure region in South Africa in 2020. It will be located in Cape Town and it will consist of three availability zones. Amazon web services currently has 55 availability zones, they are located across 19 infrastructure regions worldwide. In Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden and USA they have 12 availability zones. A second GovCloud Region in the US will be coming online in the coming months.
Amazon Web Service In Africa
The CEO of AWS Andy Jassy said that they were inspired to build the new centres after Amazon built the original version of Amazon EC2. They built the Amazon EC2 in their Cape Town development centre 14 years ago. They saw thousands of African companies use AWS for years and were inspired. He said that Amazon witnessed the first-hand the technical talent and potential in Africa and was encouraged to build the centres. The CEO also stated that he believes technology is a great tool that would be used to transform lives and economies across Africa. He stated that Amazon is excited to be a meaningful part of that transformation.
The new data centres will allow organisations to provide lower latency to end users across sub-Saharan Africa. It will allow more African organisations to leverage advanced technologies such as Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. The access to more advanced technologies allows African organizations to drive innovation. Local AWS customers will also be able to store their data in South Africa with the assurance that their content will not move without consent.
About Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, it provides on-demand cloud computing platforms. The technology allows subscribers to have at their disposal a virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the Internet. AWS provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud. Amazon web services powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. They have various data centre locations in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia.