Amazon has confirmed the launch of its AWS Africa Region and three “Availability Zones”, including datacentres in Cape Town, to provide cloud computing services to businesses. Not gamers.
[UPDATE: An Amazon rep asked us via email to clarify that AWS supports customers spanning “NGOs, SMEs, and startups” in the entire Africa Region, with multiple datacentre locations.]
Much like Microsoft’s local Azure datacentres, AWS Africa is focused on corporates for now, and the inevitable petitions on Change.org for Fortnite servers won’t make much difference in the immediate future or even the not-so-immediate future or maybe ever (sorry). In the meantime, though, let’s appreciate that Amazon knows about Eskom – according to Business Wire:
The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region has three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones, which each comprise of one or more data centers and are located in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault-tolerance. Like all AWS infrastructure regions around the world, the Availability Zones in the Cape Town Region are equipped with back-up power to ensure continuous and reliable power availability to maintain operations during electrical failures and load shedding in the country.
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