Thailand will soon become the home of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure area. Three AWS Availability Zones will make up the new AWS Asia Pacific Region, which is based in Bangkok and will be added to the 87 Availability Zones that AWS has already built in 27 geographical cloud areas.
In eight more AWS regions across the world, including Canada, India, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, and Thailand, AWS has now revealed plans for an additional 24 cloud availability zones.
Developers, startups, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits will all be able to run their applications and provide end users with services from the upcoming AWS Region in Bangkok, Thailand. This will allow customers who prefer to keep their data in Thailand to do so.
The “Availability Zones” that make up AWS Regions place cloud infrastructure in discrete geographic areas far enough away from one another to significantly reduce the risk that a single event will disrupt customers’ business continuity while still being close enough to offer low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones.
Each AWS Availability Zone is connected by redundant, ultra-low latency networks and has separate power, cooling, and physical security. To achieve even better fault tolerance, AWS clients that are concerned with high availability can design their applications to run across several AWS Availability Zones and cloud locations.
$5 Bn Investment
AWS also intends to invest an estimated $5 billion (190 billion baht) in Thailand over a 15-year period as part of its commitment to the area.
“We are committed to supporting Thailand’s digital transformation through our local infrastructure investments and fast pace of innovation, helping Thailand-based customers unlock the full potential of the cloud to transform the way businesses and institutions serve their stakeholders,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “The AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region will enable organizations to build with AWS technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, data analytics, and Internet of Things. With these new tools, AWS is empowering governments to better engage with citizens, enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale.”
“AWS’s plan to build data centers in Thailand is a significant milestone that will bring advanced cloud computing services to more organizations and help us deliver our Thailand 4.0 ambition to create a digitized, value-based economy,” said His Excellency Mr. Supattanapong Punmeechaow, deputy prime minister of Thailand and minister of Energy. “The Royal Thai Government is pleased to collaborate with AWS, the world’s leading cloud service provider, to bring secure and resilient world-class cloud infrastructure to Thailand. AWS’s investment will enhance the nation’s competitiveness, generate significant long-term economic benefits, and help build a highly skilled workforce.”
Amazon CloudFront, AWS Local Zones
The most recent of AWS’s continuous investments in Thailand is the AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region, which will provide clients cutting-edge and secure cloud technology. AWS has introduced 10 Amazon CloudFront edge sites in Bangkok since 2020. A content delivery network (CDN) with fast transfer rates and low latency, Amazon CloudFront is able to expedite the distribution of data, videos, apps, and APIs to users anywhere in the globe.
AWS introduced AWS Outposts in Thailand in 2020. For a completely consistent hybrid experience, AWS Outposts is a collection of fully managed solutions that can deploy AWS infrastructure and services to almost any on-premises or edge location.
By establishing an AWS Local Zone in Bangkok, AWS intends to increase its investment in Thailand. AWS Local Zones are a particular form of AWS infrastructure deployment that allows businesses to offer applications that need single-digit millisecond latency to end users by locating computing, storage, databases, and other chosen services closer to major population, industrial, and IT centers.