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AWS plans Bahrain data centres by 2019

Amazon Web Services announces plans for first Middle East data centres

AWS plans Bahrain data centres by 2019
Amazon will open three data centres in Bahrain.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it plans to open data centres in Bahrain by early 2019, its first dedicated data centres in the Middle East.

The company said that it will launch an ‘Infrastructure region' in Bahrain, which will have three ‘availability zones', which the company defines as discrete data centres, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities.

AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates in the first quarter of 2018.

"As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation," said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East."

AWS said the expansion is part of ongoing growth plans for the Middle East, following the opening of offices in Bahrain and the UAE earlier this year.

Amazon also said that it selected Bahrain as the location for the data centres in part due to the country's focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS's power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019.

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