The cloud computing wing of Amazon.com, Amazon Web Services, say it might set up data centers in South Africa.
This week, Amazon will be switching on its ‘AWS Direct Connect’ service in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Experts says this move is a prelude to possibly Amazon setting up its data center infrastructure in South Africa.
With the Direct Connect services, South African-based businesses will establish a dedicated network connection to AWS. It will be the first time local companies will achieve that.
Peter Desantis, the Amazon VP and Global Head of infrastructure said, “Having AWS Direct Connect in the country allows customers based in South Africa to have dedicated, reliable, and high-bandwidth connectivity to the Amazon Global Network bypassing the public internet.”
Desantis went further to state that it is only a matter of time before Amazon sets up its own data center infrastructure.
“Across South Africa, we need to do quite a lot of work to get that infrastructure in place. But we’re excited because we think there’s a lot of business and growth in South Africa and it’s a matter of how quickly we can figure it out.”
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