AWS TO OPEN NEW DATA CENTRES
PRESS RELEASE: SEATTLE – Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced it will open an infrastructure region in Israel in the first half of 2023. The AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region will enable even more developers, start-ups, and enterprises as well as government, education, and non-profits to run their applications and serve end-users from data centres located in Israel. Additionally, the government of Israel announced that it has selected AWS as its primary cloud provider as part of the “Nimbus” contract for government ministries and subsidiaries. The Nimbus framework will provide cloud services to Israeli government ministries including local municipalities, government-owned companies, and public sector organisations with the aim of helping to accelerate digital transformation. It will be instrumental in driving innovation and enabling new digital services for the citizens of Israel.
“The new AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region will empower more public and private institutions, innovative start-ups, and global companies to deliver built-for-the-cloud applications that help fuel economic development across the country. It is the latest in our list of AWS Regions across Europe and the Middle East, which includes existing regions in Bahrain, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK as well as regions under development in Spain, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure, AWS. “The new region is a continuation of our investment to support enterprises of all kinds, help start-ups 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.”
AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that leverage multiple Availability Zones. Globally, AWS has 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch an additional 21 Availability Zones and seven AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones and across multiple regions to achieve even greater fault tolerance. The addition of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region will enable local customers with data residency requirements to store their data in Israel with the assurance that they retain control over the location of their data. Organisations using this region will also be able to access advanced technologies from the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest suite of cloud services to drive innovation including analytics, compute, database, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, mobile services, storage, and more.
Investing in Israel’s Future
The new AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region continues AWS’s commitment in Israel. As the number of customers in Israel has grown, so has the size of AWS’s presence in the country. In 2014, AWS opened its first office in Israel to service the local market, and in the same year, Amazon established a research and development (R&D) centre in the country. Since then, Amazon’s R&D presence in Israel has expanded and now includes Prime Air, Alexa Shopping, and Amazon Lab126. Amazon R&D efforts also include the development of AWS-designed compute, storage, networking, security, and machine learning hardware through Annapurna Labs, which Amazon acquired in 2015.
Additional infrastructure investments in Israel include Amazon CloudFront edge locations. Amazon CloudFront is a highly secure and programmable Content Delivery Network (CDN) that accelerates the delivery of data, videos, applications, and APIs to users worldwide with low latency and high transfer speeds. In 2020, AWS also launched AWS Outposts and AWS Direct Connect in Israel.
For Israeli students and educators, the AWS Educate and AWS Academy programs are providing free resources to accelerate cloud-related learning and preparing today’s students in Israel for the jobs of the future. AWS also offers a full range of training and certification programs to help those interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, best practices, and architectures to advance their technical skills and further support Israeli organisations in their digital transformation.
To help grow the next generation of Israeli enterprises, AWS began supporting start-ups in Israel in 2013 through its AWS Activate program. This is in addition to the work that AWS already does with the venture capital community, start-up accelerators, and incubators to help start-ups grow in the cloud.
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