The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is expected to add nearly $10.6bn to the GDP of Australia by 2037

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Amazon Web Services launches second infrastructure region in Australia. (Credit: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of its second cloud infrastructure region in Australia through which it plans to make an investment of nearly $4.5bn by 2037.

Dubbed AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, the new infrastructure region consists of three availability zones. It adds to the existing AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, which was established in late 2012.

The new cloud region in Melbourne is expected to allow entrepreneurs, start-ups, enterprises and developers, along with government, education, and non-profit organisations to operate their applications and serve end users from data centres located in Australia.

According to AWS, the new infrastructure region is expected to support over 2,500 full-time jobs at external businesses per year.

AWS infrastructure services vice president Prasad Kalyanaraman said: “Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country.

“The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012.

“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 construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is also anticipated to add nearly $10.6bn to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Australia by 2037.

The new cloud infrastructure region will offer customers lower latency across Australia and allow those with data residency preferences to securely store data in the country, stated AWS.

Besides, the customers are said to get access to AWS technologies to bolster innovation including storage, networking, compute, data analytics, security, business applications, developer tools, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas said: “We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses, and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation, and help to create new jobs locally.”