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AWS to open data centres in New Zealand in 2024 with new AWS region Featured


AWS announced today the plan to open an infrastructure region in New Zealand in 2024 with a new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) region consisting of three availability zones. The new region provides NZ customers with low latency workloads and secure data storage meeting data sovereignty requirements.

An AWS economic study estimates the new region will create 1,000 new jobs in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and an economic impact to Aotearoa’s GDP of $NZ 10.8 billion over the next 15 years through an investment of $NZ 7.5 billion.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) region and its three availability zones join the existing 81 AWS availability zones across 25 geographic regions. The region will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand.

Globally, AWS has also announced plans for 24 new availability zones across eight new AWS regions including New Zealand, also targeting Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

“AWS supports thousands of organisations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally. AWS Cloud technology is providing new ways for government to further engage with citizens, for enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and for entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO, AWS. “Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to Aotearoa. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organisations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”

New Zealand AWS customers who will be able to leverage the New Zealand region and availability zones include Air NZ, ANZ Bank, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), Contact Energy, Education Perfect, Halter, New Zealand Department of Conservation, Lancom, New Zealand Ministry of Health, New Zealand Ministry of Justice, Orion Health, Sharsies, The Clinician, TVNZ, UneeQ, University of Auckland, Vodafone, ad Xero, among others.

Air New Zealand is New Zealand’s national carrier with a global network of passenger and cargo services, flying more than 17 million passengers every year and 3,400 flights per week before the pandemic. “Air New Zealand strives to connect New Zealanders to each other and New Zealand to the world, and we aim to be the world’s leading digital airline by providing a seamless digital experience from the moment customers start planning their trip until after they return home,” said Greg Foran, CEO of Air New Zealand. “We have been using a wide range of AWS services since 2016 to differentiate the airline globally, grow, and evolve our business. These include storage, compute, databases, and application development to run more than 70 of the airline’s digital services applications. We have collaborated with AWS on many innovations to embed digital at the heart of everything we do, including building a secure digital booking system that easily scales to meet fluctuating demand. Looking ahead, we need strong, resilient cloud architecture to provide customers a more personalised and innovative digital experience. The new AWS infrastructure will help us deliver on our vision, provide customers even faster access to all our services, and underpin our delivery of a best-in-class digital experience to Kiwis for many years to come.”
Te Tāhū o te Ture Ministry of Justice works to help make sure Aotearoa is a safe and just society. “As an essential service, the courts have continued to work throughout the various COVID lockdowns, and the constraints of what is still a largely paper-based system have put into sharp focus the importance of technology to enable the remote delivery of services to ensure ongoing access to justice. Investment in new technology would make it easier for citizens to access and engage with the courts and tribunals, while at the same time ensuring the Ministry can maximise the use of all our resources since court-related data must be hosted within New Zealand in line with judicial policy,” said Tina Wakefield, deputy secretary corporate and digital Services at Ministry of Justice. “By investing in a Region in New Zealand, AWS is opening up fresh possibilities for public service agencies like ours by offering a new cloud computing option aligned with our preferences for on-shore data hosting. Using locally hosted technologies, we can further align with the New Zealand government’s cloud-first strategy and progress toward new ways of working that improve the experience of justice services for court participants, with the aim of improving access to justice for all New Zealanders.”

Spark is New Zealand’s largest telecommunications and digital services company providing services to a wide range of leading New Zealand organisations through the Spark Business Group. “We have worked with AWS for the past five years, leveraging AWS’s extensive portfolio of cloud services across our business to support our digital transformation and to extend our hybrid cloud offerings to our customers, helping them to digitally transform and grow,” said Jolie Hodson, CEO, Spark. “AWS’s continuous focus on innovation and investment in critical infrastructure is an important enabler of the support we provide to New Zealand businesses as they modernise and innovate using advanced cloud capabilities like machine learning and the Internet of Things.”

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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