Amazon to build high-security data center for Australia

Amazon has entered into a collaboration with the Australian government to establish a cloud-based data system designed to manage classified information, according to Bloomberg. Canberra views this initiative as a step towards enhancing the nation’s cyber capabilities and strengthening security ties with the US.

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles unveiled the partnership with Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud division, during a press conference in Canberra. He announced that the government plans to invest a minimum of A$2 billion ($1.3 billion) over the next decade in this new system. Details regarding the location of the data centers and the types of information they will store were not disclosed.

“This cutting-edge technology will enhance Defence’s resilience,” Marles, who is also defense minister, said in a statement. It will also improve the Australian Defence Force’s war-fighting capacity, strengthen interoperability with key international partners and deliver up to 2,000 Australian jobs, he said.

Under the agreement, Amazon will construct three facilities around Australia “purpose-built” to store top secret information largely from the country’s defense and intelligence agencies.

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