AWS announces new cloud region in New Zealand

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed Auckland as the location of its 82nd availability zone (AZ).

AWS is expanding its cloud coverage throughout the APAC region with the announcement of a new data centre region in New Zealand. The Aotearoa New Zealand cloud region – AWS’ first in country – will come online in 2024 and consist of three availability zones, in line with AWS’ standard practice.

The company will be investing NZ$7.5 billion (US$5.3 billion) in the region, creating around 1,000 jobs. It claims the new infrastructure will have an estimated economic impact on New Zealand’s GDP of NZ$10.8 billion (US$7.7 billion) over the next 15 years.

AWS’ most significant infrastructure investment in New Zealand prior to this announcement was the purchase of capacity on the Hawaiki cable system which runs from the US to Australia via New Zealand, American Samoa, Pacific Island, and Hawaii. It has also launched two Amazon CloudFront edge locations and AWS Outposts in Auckland.

Globally AWS has announced plans for a further 24 AZs in locations including Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland and the UAE.


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