Thursday, November 23, 2017

AWS will open data centres in South Africa

Company currently operates 43 availability zones across the globe, with 16 active regions and several more planned to come into operation soon.

The world’s fastest growing public cloud provider AWS has spoken out for the first time on the possibility of launching data centres in South Africa.

The intention to build its own infrastructure in the continent was unveiled by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels while speaking to Business Live.

The executive said the company is currently working on understanding the region’s demand, not only in South Africa, but across the whole of the region.

However, Werner did not give away any dates for when the data centres would be built.

He said: “We have a lot of customers here already, especially when it comes to young business, (…) but also larger companies, before opening up a region here.”

AWS has today 43 operational availability zones across 16 regions where data centres power its cloud services.

The company has announced plans to open 11 new availability zones in the coming years, as well as four new regions. However, none of the announced regions concern Africa.

AWS’ intention to build infrastructure in the most southern country of the African continent follows on from Microsoft’s announcement back in May when the Azure giant announced it will be opening in 2018 two data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.