US cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking to boost work in the local area of ​​the data center in Johannesburg.

This stems from some significant success with a similar facility he opened in Cape Town in April 2020.

Already with the data center and AWS local area in Cape Town, AWS says it has officially declared Johannesburg the next AWS local area location.

AWS local zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that places computing, storage, database, and other separate AWS services close to large populated and industrial centers.

The strengthening of its presence in Johannesburg, the economic center of South Africa, is due to increased competition among cloud computing service providers in the market.

This is because organizations are expecting a surge in data traffic on the African continent, and more and more organizations will shift their workload to the cloud.

In 2019, AWS competitor Microsoft opened data centers in Cape Town and another in Johannesburg, becoming the world’s first provider to deliver cloud services from data centers on the continent.

In January this year, the American enterprise software giant Oracle officially opened its data center in Johannesburg, its first cloud region on the African continent.

Other players have also opened new data centers locally, including Dimension Data and Teraco Data Environments.

As data demand and cloud adoption continue to cause a sharp surge in traffic, data centers are becoming increasingly important on the continent, and more and more companies are moving components of their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

In an e-mail interview with ITWeb Chris Erasmus, leader of the AWS commercial sector in South Africa, said the AWS local zone in Johannesburg was launched in February and joined 16 existing AWS local zones across the US and an additional 32 local AW zones. planned. run in 26 countries around the world, reaching hundreds of millions of end users.

He notes that with the help of the Cape Town area, AWS has been able to empower public and private organizations as well as innovative startups.

“The local area has been a great continuation of our investments to support customers of all kinds and drive to accelerate innovation by spreading cloud infrastructure to more locations in South Africa,” says Erasmus.

He explains that AWS local zones give organizations the ability to offer end users one-millisecond performance designed for applications such as remote real-time gaming, media and entertainment creation, live streaming video, engineering simulation and add-ons. reality, as well as the conclusion of machine learning at the border, among other uses.

Chris Erasmus, AWS’s commercial sector leader in South Africa.

Chris Erasmus, AWS’s commercial sector leader in South Africa.

“In this case, AWS manages and maintains local areas, which means that customers in South Africa do not have to bear the cost and effort to purchase, operate and maintain infrastructure in South Africa to support low-latency applications.

“Local AWS zones also allow customers with local requirements in South Africa to run parts of their applications in local data centers and seamlessly connect to AWS, providing ultra-low latency for these types of hybrid deployments using the AWS API [application programming interfaces] and tools. “

Erasmus says South Africa is ready to attract big investment in the data center, and the investment is driven by a variety of reasons.

“Many companies are using data centers to access public cloud services, and this is driven by advances in data connectivity and consumption, especially with the rise of smartphone penetration in Africa,” he says.

“Organizations are moving their data and processing off-site as it provides compelling cost advantages. In addition, the IT outsourcing market in South Africa is an important factor in setting up data centers. South Africa’s growing economy, like many other countries, offers relatively low labor costs, and improved IT infrastructure makes it an increasingly attractive region for data centers.

He adds that South Africa’s economy is increasingly shifting to more productive services and digital technologies, which will provide significant opportunities for the country’s youth.

“AWS is focused on providing capabilities in the cloud computing arena. We believe that cloud services will allow startups in South Africa to think big and accelerate economic growth.

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