Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centres in South Africa in 2020

Cape Town

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most popular provider of public cloud services. Whether it’s simple database storage or something more complex like analytics and search, AWS provides users across the globe with the right tools and services to build the right applications for them.

Best of all, their reach is about to get even wider, with new data centres set to open in South Africa. Read on as we discuss the plans for AWS expansion.

AWS availability zones

AWS is hosted in a number of regions across the world, spread out across Europe, Asia, the US and South America. Each region is split into Availability Zones, with a total of 55 AWS Availability Zones currently in use around the world. Each of these zones is backed by at least one of its own physical data centres, with five data centres backing the largest.

Essentially, by splitting each region into several separately backed zones, they reduce the chance of two zones failing at the same time.

New availability zones

Amazon has now announced plans for three more Availability Zones in the new Africa (Cape Town) region. The infrastructure will be opened in the first half of 2020, along with another 12 Availability Zones across the Bahrain, Hong Kong, Sweden and GovCloud (US) regions.

“Having built the original version of Amazon EC2 in our Cape Town development center 14 years ago, and with thousands of African companies using AWS for years, we’ve been able to witness first-hand the technical talent and potential in Africa,” explained AWS CEO, Andy Jassy. “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.”

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