by DION HENRICK in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN – AMAZON Web Service (AWS) plans to open data centres in South Africa.
The new infrastructure region –set to resume in 2020- is set to provide lower latency to end users across Sub-Saharan Africa and will enable more African organisations to leverage advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile services and more to drive innovation.
The new AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will consist of three Availability Zones.
Currently, AWS provides 55 Availability Zones across 19 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 12 Availability Zones across four AWS Regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online in the coming months.
Andy Jassy, AWS Chief Executive Officer, said having built the original version of Amazon EC2 in their Cape Town development centre 14 years ago, and with thousands of African companies using AWS for years, the company had been able to witness first-hand the technical talent and potential in Africa.
“Technology has the opportunity to transform lives and economies across Africa and we’re excited about AWS and the Cloud being a meaningful part of that transformation,” Jassy said.
The new region is the latest in a series of AWS investments in South Africa. In 2004, Amazon opened a development centre in Cape Town.
In 2015, AWS opened an office in Johannesburg.
In 2017, it brought the Amazon Global Network to Africa through AWS Direct Connect.
In May this year, AWS launched infrastructure points of presence in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
– CAJ News