AWS to open data centre design facility in Croatia

27 September 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is opening a new data centre design facility in Zagreb, Croatia.

The centre will support the development and operation of AWS Cloud services, with a focus on data centre design, product development and research.

Local talent will be recruited as part of the centre’s development, including electrical and mechanical engineers, civil and structural engineers, IT experts and solutions architects.

In February 2021, AWS launched an AWS edge location in Zagreb, which is now providing users with an “up to 14% reduction in first-byte latency”, said the firm.

AWS and the government of Croatia have now signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the public sector and contribute to Croatia’s National Development Strategy.

The MoU says the partners will collaborate on developing a cloud-ready workforce, supporting the the development of cloud-enabled businesses and the government’s IT modernisation efforts and

supporting the development of the country's cloud policies.

Prime minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković said: “The development of our nation’s digital economy is a priority for this government and cloud computing is going to play an important role.

“The MoU we signed sets out a number of ways in which the government will now work with AWS in the areas of innovation and economic development to support a cloud-ready workforce.”

AWS vice president for the public sector in EMEA, Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, said: “As part of our continued commitment to Croatia we are pleased to announce the opening of a new data centre design facility in Zagreb, creating new jobs to support the development and operations of AWS cloud services within Croatia.”

“The Croatian government has exciting plans for the digital transformation of the country and AWS is proud to be playing its part.”