Cloud based data. Picture: ISTOCK
Cloud based data. Picture: ISTOCK

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to open three data centres in Cape Town in the first half of 2020.

The cloud computing unit of Amazon, the world’s second-biggest public company, said it would open its first “infrastructure region”, or cluster of data centres, in SA.

This comes months before Microsoft’s planned launch of two Azure data centres in the country.

Amazon said its data centres  will allow organisations to reduce data transfer speeds for end-users across Sub-Saharan Africa.

They  will facilitate the adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and mobile services.

“Local AWS customers will also be able to store their data in SA with the assurance that their content will not move without consent, while those looking to comply with the upcoming Protection of Personal Information Act will have access to secure infrastructure that meets the most rigorous international compliance standards,” the company said.

Geoff Brown, Sub-Saharan Africa regional manager of Amazon Web Services, told Business Day the data centres “will bring with it a number of highly skilled, well-paid jobs to the local economy and drive growth in cloud technology jobs”.

AWS was looking for data centre engineers, support engineers, engineering operations managers, security specialists, account managers, solution architects  and partner development managers.

The company said companies including Absa, Investec, MedScheme, MiX Telematics, Old Mutual, Pick n Pay, Standard Bank and Travelstart  are already using its services to reduce costs, boost innovation “and speed up time-to-market”.

“AWS has been Absa’s primary cloud provider for the past three years. The reduction in latencies that will accompany their expansion to South Africa will further enable us to scale our cloud consumption,” said Absa chief information officer Andy Baker.

hedleyn@bdfm.co.za

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