Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans $4.5 bn investment in Australia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to invest $4.5 billion or A$6.8 billion in Australia by 2037 for its second AWS infrastructure Region.
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AWS has 99 Availability Zones across 31 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

“The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

AWS said the investment includes capital expenditures on the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses. The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is estimated to add approximately $10.6 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2037.

“We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses, and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation, and help to create jobs locally,” said Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas.

Customers using AWS include Airtasker, Animal Logic, ANZ Bank, Atlassian, Canva, Cochlear, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Jim’s Group, Kmart, Lion, Lovisa, National Australia Bank, Optus, PEXA Group, Pizza Hut, Smiling Mind, Swimming Australia, Target, Telstra, Ticketek, Woodside Energy, and Youfoodz.

Australian public sector customers use AWS to help drive cost savings and better serve local citizens. These customers include FrontierSI, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of Melbourne, and Victorian Land Registry Services.

Australian startups, including Brighte, FloodMapp, FrankieOne, Illuvium, Law On Earth, Littlepay, Mr Yum, Omniscient Neurotechnology (o8t), Reejig, and Swoop Aero, are building their businesses with the use of AWS to scale nationally and around the world.