Following the opening of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, enterprises, government entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organisations are expected to benefit from an extended range of choices for hosting their applications and catering to end users from AWS data centres located within Canada
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the opening of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region as well as an investment of C$24.8bn ($17.9bn) to be made in Canada through 2037.
AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region marks the second infrastructure region for the Amazon.com company after the AWS Canada (Central) Region in Quebec, which was launched in late 2016. The new region in Calgary has three Availability Zones.
The investment by the company will be made via the two cloud infrastructure regions. It will support an average of over 9,300 full-time equivalent roles annually.
Following the launch of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, enterprises, government bodies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organisations will now have an expanded array of options for hosting their applications and serving end users from AWS data centres within Canada.
Customers will be able to leverage cutting-edge AWS technologies, such as data analytics, security features, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI), to power their innovation.
The AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region also offers customers expanded choices for running workloads with heightened resilience and availability. It enables secure data storage within Canada, delivering services to end users with reduced latency.
Among the active AWS customers in Canada are Bell Canada, Calgary Sports and Entertainment, BlackBerry, Keyera, CI Financial, KOHO Financial, Kidoodle.tv, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the National Hockey League (NHL), Neo Financial, Nutrien, RBC, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), SECURE, TELUS, the University of Calgary, and Sun Life.
AWS infrastructure services vice president Prasad Kalyanaraman said: “With the launch of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, customers and partners across Canada now have additional infrastructure to deploy applications with greater resilience, availability, and lower latency, while enabling more customers to innovate with advanced technologies like artificial intelligence to help fuel economic development across the country.
“AWS is committed to helping organisations of all sizes and across all industries increase agility and drive innovation. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”
The introduction of the new cloud infrastructure region expands AWS’s presence to 105 Availability Zones spanning 33 geographic regions.
Additionally, AWS has disclosed intentions to launch an additional 12 Availability Zones and four new AWS Regions in Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the AWS European Sovereign Cloud.
In August 2023, the Amazon.com company opened a new cloud infrastructure region in Israel, through which it intends to make an investment of $7.2bn through 2037.