Amazon launches AWS services in Israel, set to invest $7.2 billion

Amazon has announced the launch of its Amazon Web Services data centres in Tel Aviv. AWS also released an economic impact study highlighting the company’s intent to invest an estimated $7.2 billion (approximately ILS 26.6 billion) in Israel through 2037.

“The launch of the AWS Region in Israel provides customers with the ability to build the most advanced cloud technology-based applications and achieve the highest levels of security, availability, and resilience,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “Israel’s strategy to promote technology innovation, along with its abundance of talent, has created a thriving global hub for entrepreneurs, e-governments, and multinational businesses. Cloud technology is at the heart of any digital transformation programme, and AWS is proud to support Israel’s efforts to enhance citizen services for many years to come.”

“We are excited to welcome the new AWS Region to Israel as part of project Nimbus and we congratulate AWS for its commitment and hard work in building the Israeli Region,” said Yali Rothenberg, accountant general of Israel. “The establishment of the Israeli Region reflects the long-term commitment of AWS to Israel and to the continuation of their large investments in the Israeli market. The establishment of the Region will enable us to migrate substantial governmental workloads to the cloud, and we are confident that it will help us accelerate digital transformation in the public sector, leverage technology to drive innovation in the government, improve customer experience, and further the development of the technological ecosystem in Israel.”

The AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region comprises three availability zones, strategically situated at sufficient distances from each other to ensure uninterrupted business operations for customers. Simultaneously, their close proximity allows for low-latency connectivity, making them ideal for high availability applications that utilise multiple zones. Each availability zone operates autonomously with independent power, cooling, and physical security, interconnected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple availability zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance.

The launch of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region enables customers to securely store data in Israel while providing customers with even lower latency across the country to drive greater productivity, more efficient business operations, and enhanced real-time application performance. Customers also have access to advanced AWS technologies to accelerate innovation, including compute, storage, networking, business applications, developer tools, data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Addressing environmental risks, Amazon invests and innovates to incorporate sustainability into its data centre design to provide the efficient, resilient service our customers expect while minimising its own environmental footprint and theirs. Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, and is on a path to power its operations, including AWS data centres, with 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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