Amazon Web Services (AWS), a $30.8 billion (R427bn) global provider of computing services to companies, will add Cape Town to its 21 global infrastructure availability regions and the unit should be operational early in 2020, AWS global infrastructure and customer support head Peter Desantis said yesterday.
Interviewed during the AWS summit in the city, he said the infrastructure to enable this, involving the establishment of three separate partitions of infrastructure in different locations in the city, would require substantial investment by AWS.
The new infrastructure would put clients closer to where their computing infrastructure lies, would bring AWS closer to the end user, and would suit customers that required to keep their data in South Africa.
The Cape Town region was the only AWS region on the continent, but Desantis said he envisaged more regions would be announced on the continent, in time.
AWS provides computing services to tens of thousands of companies in southern Africa.