Amazon Web Services, the high-flying cloud division of the online retail giant Amazon, will launch its first direct, physical presence for customers in South Africa this week. The company will switch on AWS Direct Connect in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Tuesday, allowing local businesses to establish a dedicated network connection to AWS for the first time. The news was revealed exclusively to Business Times by Peter Desantis, AWS vice-president and global head of infrastructure, in an interview during the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas last week. "Having AWS Direct Connect in the country allows customers based in South Africa to have dedicated, reliable, and high-bandwidth connectivity to the Amazon Global Network, bypassing the public internet," he said. "Customers can connect to all AWS infrastructure regions around the world - except China - from Johannesburg and Cape Town, and their traffic will remain in the Amazon backbone network throughout the entire journey. "One o...

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