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AWS has launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, its second   in Australia, to allow developers, startups, entrepreneurs and enterprises, as well as government, education and nonprofit organizations, to run their applications and serve end users from AWS data centers located in Australia.

By 2037, AWS plans to invest an estimated $4.5 billion in Australia through the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region. The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region will enable local customers with data residency preferences to store data securely in Australia while providing customers with even lower latency to drive greater productivity, more efficient business operations and enhanced real-time application performance.

Customers will also have access to advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation, including compute, storage, networking, business applications, developer tools, data analytics, security, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”

“We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses, and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation, and help to create new jobs locally,” said Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas.

AWS’ projected spending on the construction and operation of the new region will support more than 2,500 full-time jobs at external businesses annually, with a planned $4.5 billion investment in Australia by 2037. The investment includes capital expenditures on the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses. These jobs, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and other jobs within the country’s broader economy, will be part of the AWS supply chain in Australia. The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is also estimated to add approximately $10.6 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2037.

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