Amazon Web Services will open an infrastructure region in South Africa in the first half of 2020. The new AWS Africa (Cape Town) region will consist of three availability zones. Currently, AWS has 19 infrastructure regions worldwide.
AWS server locations are in Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka, Canada, Beijing, Ningxia, Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris, São Paulo, and 5 regions in the US. Future locations are in Bahrain, Cape Town, Hong Kong, and Stockholm.
“Having built the original version of Amazon EC2 in our Cape Town development center 14 years ago, and with thousands of African companies using AWS for years, we’ve been able to witness first-hand the technical talent and potential in Africa. Technology has the opportunity to transform lives and economies across Africa and we’re excited about AWS and the CloudAndy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services
beinga meaningful part of that transformation.”
Amazon is investing in Africa
In 2004, Amazon opened a development center in Cape Town that focuses on building networking technologies, next generation software for customer support, and the technology behind Amazon EC2.
AWS has also built a number of local teams including account managers, customer services representatives, partner managers, solutions architects, and more to help customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud.
In 2015, AWS opened an office in Johannesburg, and in 2017 brought the Amazon Global Network to Africa through AWS Direct Connect.
In May of 2018, AWS continued its investment in South Africa, launching infrastructure points of presence in Cape Town and Johannesburg, bringing Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the continent and adding to the 138 points of presence AWS has around the world.
The addition of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will enable organizations to provide lower latency to end users across Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Amazon, organizations across the African continent have been increasingly moving their applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Absa, Investec, MedScheme, MiX Telematics, Old Mutual, Pick n Pay, Standard Bank, Travelstart.
African startups choosing AWS as the foundation for their businesses include Aerobotics, Apex Innovation, Asoriba, BusinessOptics, ColonyHQ, Custos Media, DPO PayGate, EMS Invirotel, Entersekt, graylink, HealthQ, JourneyApps, JUMO, Luno, Mukuru, NicheStreem, Parcelninja, Simfy Africa, Zanibal, Zapper, and Zoona.
The African Public Sector, including researchers, museums, and health sciences organizations, are also choosing AWS. For example, The National Museums of Kenya (NMK), is using AWS to digitize their valuable artifacts, which make up one of the largest collections of archaeology and paleontology in the world.