New region to enable customers to run their workloads and store data in Israel

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Amazon Web Services announces plans to open data centres in Israel. (Credit: Bethany Drouin from Pixabay)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that it will open a new infrastructure region dubbed AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region by opening new data centres in Israel in the first half of 2023.

The Amazon company said that the new region will enable an increased number of developers, enterprises, and startups, and the government, non-profit, and education entities to run their applications and serve end-users from data centres located in the country.

The announcement follows the signing of a cloud services deal last month by the Israeli government with AWS and Google as part of the first phase of the Nimbus Project.

Under the terms of the deal, AWS and Google committed to establishing local cloud sites in Israel with an estimated initial investment of NIS4bn ($1.23bn).

Through the Nimbus framework, Israeli government departments, local municipalities, state-owned firms, and public sector organisations will be provided cloud services with the objective to help them expedite digital transformation.

AWS global infrastructure senior vice president Peter DeSantis said: “The new region is a continuation of our investment to support enterprises of all kinds, help startups scale and grow, enable technical skills development, and create cloud literacy.

“Cloud technology is at the heart of the Israeli government’s digital transformation program, and their approach highlights the importance of setting a strong course for cloud adoption and leading by example to re-invent citizen services.”

Earlier this week, the company announced a €2.5bn investment for establishing the new AWS Europe (Spain) Region by opening new data centres in Aragon. The Spanish data centres are expected to be launched in mid-2022.

In a separate development, AWS said that it has been selected by Canada-based BMO Financial Group as its preferred, strategic cloud provider.

The Amazon company will help BMO Financial Group in modernising its banking platforms and develop digital financial services applications as part of an ongoing digital transformation.