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Amazon’s First African AWS Region Opened In Cape Town, South Africa


Amazon Web Services, commonly referred to as AWS, has opened its first-ever AWS Region in Africa.  The new AWS Africa Region is based in Cape Town, South Africa and with its launch, AWS now spans across 73 Availability Zones within 23 geographic regions globally.

The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region has three availability zones, says the company. Typically a single availability zone comprises one or more data centers situated in different geographic locations and then connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking.

However, they are still strategically placed from each other “to reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity.” At the same time, this distancing is close enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications.



This comes handy to customers with high availability as a priority by having the leeway to design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones for great fault tolerance.

The Africa region will enable various organizations, including governmental ones, non-profits, and even startups and developers, that leverage AWS services to be able to run applications and serve their end-users with lower latency.

At the same time, AWS customers will also be able to leverage advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation.

“The cloud is positively transforming lives and businesses across Africa and we are honored to be a part of that transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services.

“We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that will result from African organizations building in the cloud,” he added.

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Alvin Wanjala

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