AWS to open tech region in Melbourne in 2022

Monday, 14 December, 2020

AWS to open tech region in Melbourne in 2022

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has chosen Victoria as the home for a second infrastructure region in Australia, to be developed by the second half of 2022. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, which will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) at launch, will join the existing 25 Availability Zones in eight AWS Regions across the APAC in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region will enable even more developers, start-ups, enterprises and government, education and non-profit organisations to run their applications and serve end users from data centres in Australia.

AWS Regions comprise Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications. Each AZ has independent power, cooling and physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers can also design their applications to run in multiple AZs to achieve greater fault tolerance.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region will provide customers with even lower latency across the country. Additionally, Australian customers will have additional infrastructure to leverage advanced technologies from the world’s leading cloud with a suite of cloud services, including storage, analytics, artificial intelligence, database, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, mobile services and more to drive innovation.

“Over the last decade, customers in Australia have relied upon the cloud to transform businesses, educational institutions and government agencies, and with another AWS Region coming to Asia Pacific, we look forward to helping accelerate these transformations,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, AWS.

“Together with our AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, we’re providing customers with more flexibility and choice, while allowing them to architect their infrastructure for even greater fault tolerance, resiliency and availability across geographic locations,” said DeSantis.

Customers in Australia will also benefit from Amazon’s continued investment in its global backbone through the Hawaiki Submarine Cable, a 15,000-kilometre transpacific cable system that provides a low-latency and high-bandwidth connection from Australia to New Zealand and the United States.

“We welcome the investment of one of the world’s leading tech companies into Melbourne — the new AWS Region will draw on our highly skilled talent, culture of innovation and renowned capabilities in growing employment fields such as cloud computing,” said Tim Pallas, Victorian Minister for Economic Development.

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