Amazon Web Services will open a new cloud infrastructure region in South Africa in the first half of 2020. The new AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will consist of three AWS Availability Zones. The new region is the latest in a series of AWS investments in South Africa.
The addition of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region would enable organizations to provide lower latency to end users across Sub-Saharan Africa and enable more African organizations to leverage advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile services, and more to drive innovation.
Local AWS customers would also be able to store their data in South Africa with the assurance that their content will not move without consent, while those looking to comply with the upcoming Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) would have access to secure infrastructure that meets the most rigorous international compliance standards.
In 2004, AWS opened a development center in Cape Town that focuses on building pioneering networking technologies, next generation software for customer support, and the technology behind Amazon EC2. AWS has also built a number of local teams in Cape Town which includes job roles such as account managers, customer services representatives, partner managers, solutions architects, and more – to help customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud.
In 2015, AWS opened an office in Johannesburg, and in 2017 the company brought their Amazon Global Network to Africa through AWS Direct Connect. In May of 2018, AWS continued its investment in South Africa, launching data center infrastructure Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Cape Town and Johannesburg, bringing Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the continent and adding to the 138 Points-of-Presence AWS has around the world.
“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,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS). “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.”
AWS would also have a vibrant ecosystem in South Africa, including AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners that have built cloud practices and “innovative” technology solutions on AWS Cloud. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in South Africa helping customers to migrate to the cloud include: Autumn Leaf, BBD, Dimension Data, EOH, First Distribution, Silicon Overdrive, Servol Software, Symbiotics, Synthesis Software Technologies, and others.