Amazon Web Service kick starts African investment, launches data centre in South Africa

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Head of Middle East and Africa Public Sector at Amazon Web Service (AWS), Zubin Chagpar said Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) new data centre in Cape Town will stimulate further innovation and create new jobs.

The firm will launch the first data centre on the continent in Cape Town in the first half of 2020. The centre will give customers access to cloud-computing services including data storage and security.

According to AWS, its technologies will speed up time-to-market for its clients, who will be able to roll out their new services faster. The company confirmed that customers in South Africa will be able to store their data locally with the assurance that their content will not move without consent.

The company also revealed that customers 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.

On the sidelines of the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Chagpar said the company was interested in South Africa because of the growth potential and innovation in the country.

Chagpar said “so many developers are already building products using AWS cloud. This (new data centre) will unleash creativity of start-ups and businesses in South Africa. They will benefit more with additional performance now that the computing power is closer”.

AWS’s clients in South Africa include Absa, which has been using Amazon’s cloud computing services for the past three years, Investec, Old Mutual, Pick n Pay and Standard Bank.

CEO of AWS, Andy Jassy said in the past, Africa and the Middle East had been ignored with no access to technologies needed to be able to evolve and compete with the rest of the world. He noted that there is an opportunity to help companies and developers in those regions have the same access to technology in a cost-effective way.

AWS is the biggest cloud-computing provider in the world. It competes with Microsoft and Google, among others.


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