Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it plans to open a new cloud region in New Zealand in 2024. As usual with AWS Regions, the new Asia Pacific (Auckland) region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs)
The company said that the new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) region will enable more developers, startups, and enterprises as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and serve end-users from data centres located in New Zealand, ensuring that customers who want to keep their data in New Zealand are able to do so.
The company said it will be investing $5.3 billion in the region, creating around 1,000 jobs. The new infrastructure is thought to have an estimated economic impact on New Zealand’s GDP of $7.7 billion over the next 15 years.
“AWS supports thousands of organisations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally,” Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services for AWS, said. “Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organisations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”
The company said it already has a number of customers in the country, including the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the University of Auckland.