Latest in Gear

Image credit: Chris Helgren / Reuters

Amazon opens its first cloud data center in Africa

It should improve the region's weak server infrastructure.
298 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

The logo for Amazon Web Services (AWS) is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. Picture taken October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Chris Helgren / Reuters

Amazon’s cloud data centers have arrived in South Africa, helping millions of people, businesses and organizations to benefit from faster connectivity and viable access to next-generation technology. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is located in Cape Town and has three separate “Availability Zones,” meaning the data centers are situated far enough apart to mitigate the risk of a single event impacting the service’s overall operations.

The launch represents the latest push by Amazon into the continent. It set up a development center in Cape Town back in 2004, and in 2015 opened an AWS office in Johannesburg. In 2017 the Amazon Global Network expanded to Africa through AWS Direct Connect, and in 2018 Amazon established its first infrastructure on the African continent, launching Amazon CloudFront locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Africa has been a big source of interest for major tech companies, with a wealth of opportunities to be had from its generally weak server infrastructure. Last year, Microsoft became the first major cloud provider to open a data center in South Africa, while Facebook and Google have been racing to improve connectivity in the region. This activity is good news for businesses and citizens alike, who have until now battled with sub-par connections — and it’ll be particularly welcomed by gamers, who have traditionally had to rely on servers from further afield, facing huge pings and tedious lag spikes when playing online.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
298 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

View
Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

View
Epic lawsuit claims Google blocked 'Fortnite' deals with OnePlus, LG

Epic lawsuit claims Google blocked 'Fortnite' deals with OnePlus, LG

View
Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr