SEATTLE — Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to open data centers in New Zealand as part of its international expansion.
AWS expects to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2024, according to the company last month. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs).
The region will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand.
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At launch, the AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions.
Globally, AWS 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.
The AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will enable more developers, startups, and enterprises as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations to run their applications and serve end users from data centers located in New Zealand, “ensuring that customers who want to keep their data in New Zealand are able to do so.”
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AWS also released an economic impact study (EIS) that estimates it will create 1,000 new jobs through investment of NZD $7.5 billion (USD $5.3 billion) in the new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region, with an estimated economic impact on New Zealand’s GDP of NZD $10.8 billion (USD $7.7 billion) over the next 15 years.
“AWS supports thousands of organizations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, VP of infrastructure services, AWS.
“Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organizations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”
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