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AWS to launch infrastructure region in Switzerland by 2022

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will open an infrastructure region in Switzerland in the second half of 2022.

The AWS Europe Zurich Region is set to comprise three Availability Zones and join existing regions in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the UK. 

Currently, AWS provides 77 Availability Zones across 24 geographic regions globally, with announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Switzerland, Indonesia, Japan, and Spain.

The company said the new Region will enable more developers, start-ups, and enterprises as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and serve end-users from data centres located in Switzerland.

"For more than 14 years, AWS has supported organizations across almost every industry in Switzerland to speed up innovation, lower their IT costs, and transform their operations,” said Peter DeSantis, SVP of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

“AWS is excited to announce our upcoming region in Switzerland and help Swiss institutions, innovative start-ups, and world-leading pharma companies deliver cloud-powered applications to fuel economic development across the country.”

AWS Regions consist of Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations.

The Zurich Region continues AWS’s investment in Switzerland. In April 2016, AWS opened its first Swiss office in Zurich, which was followed by a second office in Geneva in December 2017.

In March 2017, AWS established two Points of Presence (PoPs) in Zurich, which deliver Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, AWS WAF, and Lambda@Edge as well as Amazon Direct Connect to the country.

To help grow the next generation of Swiss enterprises, the company said it has been supporting start-ups in cities across Switzerland and launched AWS Activate in 2013.

The program gives start-ups access to guidance and one-on-one time with AWS experts as well as web-based training, self-paced labs, customer support, third-party offers, and up to $100,000 in AWS service credits.