Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the world’s leading cloud service providers plans to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2024 and will feature three availability zones.
This data centre region will be a part of a NZ$7.5 billion investment strategy in the country over the next decade and a half, the company said. Also, this will enable in data being stored as per the country’s compliance requirements.
AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that leverage multiple Availability Zones.
Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. Globally, AWS has announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the new AWS Region in New Zealand.
Positive Economic Impact
AWS also released an economic impact study that estimates it will create 1,000 new jobs through investment of US$5.3 billion in the new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region with an estimated economic impact on New Zealand’s GDP of US$7.7 billion over the next 15 years.
New Zealand public sector country manager Tim Dacombe-Bird said: “This is AWS’s largest investment than New Zealand today. It will unleash further innovation, drive greater productivity, increase our skilled workforce, and truly position New Zealand at the forefront of digital commerce.”
These will join the existing 81 availability zones that exist globally in 25 geographic regions. “When operational, the AWS region here will enable customers from startups to enterprises as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations to run applications and securely store data from data centres located right here on New Zealand soil,” Dacombe-Bird said.
“And they can do this knowing that we are committed to providing the highest standard of privacy and security protections.”
In June, AWS announced its plans to open an infrastructure region in the UAE in the first half of 2022.
The new AWS Middle East (UAE) region will consist of three availability zones (data centres) and become AWS’s second region in the Middle East.
Globally, AWS has 80 Availability Zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 18 more Availability Zones and six more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.