Amazon Web Services will set up a second Australian-based Asia Pacific cloud infrastructure region in Victoria.
The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is expected to open in the second half of 2022 and create up to 90 jobs within four years, including data centre operatives and technical engineers.
Victorian Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said the government welcomed the investment.
“The new AWS Region will draw on our highly-skilled people and renowned capabilities in growing employment fields such as cloud computing,” he said.
“Attracting companies like AWS will strengthen our reputation as a tech leader, create Victorian jobs and help drive our economic recovery.”
The new AWS Region will consist of three Availability Zones, each containing one or more discrete data centres, when it launches, and will complement the company’s existing 25 Availability Zones in eight AWS Regions across Asia Pacific – in Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore.
Pallas said AWS’s investment in new infrastructure has the potential to deliver billions of dollars to the economy over the next 10 years by giving Victorian organisations, including the public sector, access to additional infrastructure to develop advanced technologies like machine learning, internet of things (IoT) and mobile services.
AWS Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support Peter DeSantis said: “The announcement of a second AWS Region in Australia demonstrates our ongoing investment in local infrastructure to drive rapid customer innovation and support local economic growth through the vibrant community of AWS partners.”
AWS already has an Asia Pacific Region hub in Sydney.