Amazon Web Services, for the first time in South Africa, is putting down physical roots to bring its operations closer to local customers, a move that will provide jobs and could be a sign that it is getting closer to setting up data centres in the country. It has set up "Points of Presence" for Amazon CloudFront, a global content delivery network, in Johannesburg and Cape Town. AWS, the cloud-computing division of, already has a massive developer centre in Cape Town, and in December announced a local presence for its Direct Connect service, which allows local businesses to establish a dedicated network connection to the AWS cloud in Europe. CloudFront goes one step further, allowing businesses to deliver content from the cloud to their local customers at high speed and with high security. It also brings closer the likelihood of AWS setting up its own data centres in South Africa."The impact of AWS entering a market is big," said Roy Illsley, principal analyst for global ...

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