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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Plans $4.5billion Investment Alongside Australia Region Launch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its second ‘AWS infrastructure region’ in Melbourne, Australia. The region looks to provide customers with the ability to store data in Australia and serve end users with lower latency. 

The region aims to offer AWS customers with more options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability. The new AWS Asia Pacific Region in Melbourne is estimated to support an average of more than 2,500 full-time jobs annually. Amazon also plans to invest more than $4.5billion in Australia by 2037.

Hundreds of thousands of customers, including ANZ, Littlepay, and RMIT University, currently use local AWS infrastructure to innovate.

Thanks to the launch, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organisations, will have greater choices when running their applications and serving end users from AWS data centres located in Australia.

With the launch of the newest Asia Pacific region, AWS now has 99 availability zones across 31 geographic regions. AWS has also announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

AWS’ $4.5billion investment covers the construction of data centres, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses.

The investment looks to create jobs in construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and more. Overall, by 2037, the construction and operation of the new region will add an estimated $10.6billion to Australia’s GDP.

‘Driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities’

Tim Pallas, victorian minister for trade and investment, said: “We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses, and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation, and help to create new jobs locally.”

Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services at AWS, commented on the launch. Kalyanaraman said: “Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country.

“The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”

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