AWS to open data centres in Spain

AWS to open data centres in Spain

01 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will open a new infrastructure region in Spain.

The new AWS Europe (Spain) region will consist of three availability zones at launch, making it AWS’s seventh region in Europe, joining existing regions in Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Stockholm, as well as the upcoming Milan region launching in early 2020.

“Cloud computing is already powering innovation within businesses, educational institutions, public administrations, and government agencies across Spain, and with this AWS infrastructure region, we look forward to helping accelerate this transformation,” said Peter DeSantis (pictured), vice president of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services. “Opening an AWS region in Spain will drive more technology jobs and businesses, boosting the local economy, while enabling organizations across all industries to lower costs, increase security, and improve agility. We’re excited to have AWS contribute to the future growth of Spain.”

Due for completion by late 2022 or early 2023, the Spain region joins AWS’s other 69 availability zones across 22 infrastructure regions worldwide. The company has announced plans for 13 more availability zones and four more regions in Indonesia, Italy, South Africa and Spain. 

"This investment from AWS will allow Spain to fully adapt to the digital transformation and develop as an international centre of innovation and technology,” added Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s Prime Minister. “Cloud computing, in addition to promoting technological progress in the private sector, will enable the Public Administration to improve the services it provides to citizens. A secure cloud is an essential tool for the development of our economy, as well as for the generation of jobs in our country. We highly value AWS's commitment to the technological development of Spain and the upskilling of our citizens."

The addition of the AWS Europe (Spain) Region will enable local customers with data residency requirements to store their content in Spain, with the assurance that they retain complete control over the location of their data, while customers building applications that comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have access to another secure AWS infrastructure region in the European Union (EU) that meets the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.