AWS plans to invest $4.5B in Melbourne Regine
With ambitions to develop data centers and generate employment in Australia, Amazon Web Services creates a second infrastructure area and has put aside $4.5 billion in investments until 2037.
In addition to adding a second cloud region in Australia, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made plans to invest $4.5 billion (AU$ 6.8 billion) there until 2037.
The construction of data centers and the creation of new employment required to support activities in the new region will be financed over 15 years.
The infrastructure area, which is based in Melbourne, has three availability zones and connects to another region in Sydney that has been operating since November 2012. In December 2020, plans for the Melbourne area were first made public.
With its inclusion, AWS now has 99 availability zones spread over 31 regions, including 12 in Asia-Pacific. There are now plans for 12 further zones and four additional areas for Thailand, New Zealand, Israel, and Canada.
According to the US cloud company, each availability zone has independent power and cooling to satisfy business continuity needs, and infrastructure regions are situated in “different and distinct” places.
It stated that as part of the estimated costs for the development and maintenance of the Melbourne region, the $4.5 billion investment would sustain more than 2,500 full-time jobs at outside companies annually. This would involve jobs in construction, engineering, and telecommunications as well as the installation of data centers and utility and facility expenditures.
By 2037, AWS estimates that the building and running of the new region will contribute $10.6 billion (AU$ 15.9 billion) to Australia’s GDP. ANZ Bank, Kmart, Pizza Hut, Ticketek, University of Melbourne, and Victorian Land Registry Services are a few of its neighborhood clients.
AWS said it was on schedule to completely power its operations with renewable energy by 2025, in line with a company-wide goal to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040.
It has contributed to three renewable energy projects in Australia, including a wind farm in Victoria and two solar farms in New South Wales. When all three are operational, it is expected that the projects would produce 717,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually, which is around 115,000 local families’ worth of electricity.
A ground-mounted solar system in Singapore, one of Amazon’s 57 renewable energy projects in the area, is anticipated to provide 80,000-megawatt hours of electricity annually.
As part of a worldwide rollout to add 22 sites, AWS revealed intentions to establish 10 local zones in the Asia-Pacific region in February of last year. It said that the drive to extend cloud capabilities to the edge was in response to an increase in business demand for distributed service delivery and extremely low latency.
Six Asia-Pacific markets, including Auckland, Bangkok, Brisbane, and Bengaluru, will be covered by local zones.