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Amazon Web Services extends footprint in Africa with AWS Cape Town

Amazon Web Services extends footprint in Africa with AWS Cape Town
Amazon Web Services extends footprint in Africa with AWS Cape Town

Amazon Web Services – a subsidiary of Amazon that offers on-demand cloud computing solutions, has recently extended its operations in its 23rd geographic region with the launch of AWS Africa in Cape Town.

According to Peter DeSantis, Senior VP - global infrastructure and client support at Amazon Web Services, the cloud platform is helping businesses and lives of people in Africa transform. The company traces the history of rendering support to local technology communities in the South African region for over 15 years.

In a statement by the company, the launch will facilitate developers, enterprises, start-ups, NGOs, educational institutions, and the governments to operate their applications and serve users across Africa with the help of advanced AWS technology that facilitates innovation.

Reportedly, the AWS Region comprises of Availability Zones- out of which Africa has three, each of which has one or more data centers. These zones are present in distinct geographic locations at spots where both latency and business community are unaffected.

Apparently, each availability zone comprises a separate power, physical security, and cooling services and is connected through an ultra-low latency networking system.

Citing reliable sources, customers will be able to design their application to run in various Availability Zones in order to witness enhanced fault-tolerance. Similar to all the Amazon Web Service infrastructure globally, the Availability Zones in the Cape Town Region are well equipped with power back-up to ensure reliable and constant availability of power that allows operations even during power outages and load shedding in the country.

For the record, AWS comprises of 73 Availability Zones across 23 regions worldwide and aims at establishing 12 additional Availability Zones across four more AWS regions in Japan, Spain, Italy, and Indonesia, which is expected to commence operations from the year 2022.

Notably, AWS is expected to invest nearly USD 236 million on data centers in Brazil in the coming years, according to the state government.


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