17 April 2023

AWS to invest A$13.2 billion in cloud infrastructure in Australia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a second Infrastructure Region in Australia. The company plans to invest a further A$2.2 billion in the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region by 2027.

The construction and operation of the new Region will support more than 2,500 full-time jobs at external businesses annually. The investment will also add an estimated A$3.6 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2027.

‘Australia has a strong history of technical innovation,’ says Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

‘The launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country.’

An AWS Region is a physical location with multiple, isolated, individual Availability Zones in a given geographic area. Each Availability Zone has independent power and cooling systems, and physical security, and is connected by redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers use this cloud infrastructure to innovate, increase productivity, and deliver better services.

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Investment in AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to AWS’ ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia. The company opened the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012.

AWS has invested more than A$9.1 billion in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region through 2022. The AWS Economic Impact Study for Australia estimates that this investment has contributed A$19.2 billion to Australia’s total GDP. It has also supported an estimated annual average of more than 5,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs at local vendors.

More investment planned to 2027

AWS plans to invest A$13.2 billion into the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region and the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region from 2023 to 2027.

The planned investment in both AWS Regions will contribute an estimated A$35 billion to Australia’s total GDP by 2027. It will support an estimated annual average of 11,000 FTE jobs at local vendors.

The total planned investment of A$13.2 billion includes A$730 million to extend AWS’ cloud and edge infrastructure across Australia. It will also work with telecommunications partners to facilitate high-speed fibre connectivity within and between its Availability Zones.

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