The new AWS region will allow start-ups, developers, and enterprises, along with the government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and provide end-user services from AWS data centres located in the country
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to launch an infrastructure region in Thailand as well as make an investment of more than $5bn in the Asian country over 15 years.
Dubbed AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region, the new AWS region will allow start-ups, developers, and enterprises, along with the government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and provide end-user services from AWS data centres located in Thailand.
The new infrastructure region will consist of three availability zones, stated AWS.
AWS infrastructure services vice president Prasad Kalyanaraman said: “We are committed to supporting Thailand’s digital transformation through our local infrastructure investments and fast pace of innovation, helping Thailand-based customers unlock the full potential of the cloud to transform the way businesses and institutions serve their stakeholders.
“The AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region will enable organisations to build with AWS technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, data analytics, and Internet of Things.
“With these new tools, AWS is empowering governments to better engage with citizens, enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale.”
The proposed infrastructure region will allow customers having data residency preferences or requirements to store their data securely in Thailand while offering lower latency across the country.
Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow said: “AWS’s plan to build data centres in Thailand is a significant milestone that will bring advanced cloud computing services to more organisations and help us deliver our Thailand 4.0 ambition to create a digitised, value-based economy.
“The Royal Thai Government is pleased to collaborate with AWS, the world’s leading cloud service provider, to bring secure and resilient world-class cloud infrastructure to Thailand. AWS’s investment will enhance the nation’s competitiveness, generate significant long-term economic benefits, and help build a highly skilled workforce.”
AWS has also announced the launch of an AWS Local Zone in Bangkok.
The AWS Local Zones will place compute, storage, database, and other select services near large population, IT centres, and industry to allow customers to deliver applications that need single-digit millisecond latency to end users.