The new infrastructure region is expected to enable AWS’ customers to run workloads and securely store data in the country


AWS plans to open its New Zealand data centres in 2024. (Credit: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States/Wikimedia Commons)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) revealed plans to open data centres in New Zealand in 2024 through a new infrastructure region dubbed as AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region.

The new infrastructure region of Amazon’s cloud computing platform business will have three availability zones (AZs).

According to the Amazon company, AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will be owned and operated by its local affiliate in New Zealand.

AWS said that the new region will help even more developers, enterprises and start-ups, along with government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and serve end-users from data centres in the country. This will ensure that customers who want to keep their data in New Zealand can do so.

AWS infrastructure services vice president Prasad Kalyanaraman said: “AWS Cloud technology is providing new ways for government to further engage with citizens, for enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and for entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale.

“Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organisations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”

Following the launch of the new data centres in New Zealand, AWS will take its count of availability zones to 84.

The company currently has data centres across 25 geographic regions.

Including the New Zealand data centres, the company has plans to open 24 availability zones and eight more AWS regions in Australia, India, Israel, Indonesia, Switzerland, Spain, and the UAE.

In June 2021, the company had announced plans to open new data centres in Israel in the first half of 2023. This was preceded by the company’s announcement of investing €2.5bn in new data centres in Spain.

Each of the company’s availability zones is said to be equipped with independent power, cooling, and physical security. The zones are connected using redundant, ultra-low latency networks.