Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in Australia—the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, providing developers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations with heightened capability for running their applications and serving end users from data centres located in Australia.
As part of the move, AWS is planning to invest an estimated $4.5 billion (approx. A$6.8 billion) in Australia by 2037 through the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region.
“Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS.
“The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”
PEXA has a long relationship with AWS, and PEXA’s Group’s Chief Technology Officer, Eglantine Etiemble, said the announcement is a win for consumers.
“Operational resilience is at the heart of our commitment to customers and our regulatory imperatives, which is why it is a top strategic priority at PEXA,” said Eglantine Etiemble, Chief Technology Officer at PEXA Group. “The launch of a second AWS Region in Australia makes it possible for us to deploy applications securely across multiple Regions to improve the availability and performance of our PEXA platform and continue helping more than 20,000 families a week settle their homes sooner.”
Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, Tim Pallas, said the move is a huge win for businesses across the state and beyond.
“We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses, and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation, and help to create new jobs locally,” said Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas.
With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, AWS now has 99 Availability Zones across 31 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations.
The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region will enable local customers with data residency preferences to store data securely in Australia while providing customers with even lower latency to drive greater productivity, more efficient business operations, and enhanced real-time application performance.
For more information, read the full announcement from AWS here.