AWS launches Melbourne Region, plans to invest A$6.8bn into Victoria

Rianne Van Veldhuizen, Managing Director for ANZ at AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most broadly adopted cloud platform, launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region– AWS’s second infrastructure Region in the country.

Why is AWS APAC Region a timely cloud platform?

The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region provides customers with more options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability, securely store data in Australia, and serve end users with even lower latency. AWS customers like ANZ Bank, LittlePay, RMIT University, and PEXA Group, will be able to accelerate their development cycles, be more productive and cost-efficient, and bring solutions and services to the market faster.

The announcement is part of Amazon’s ongoing investment into the Aussie economy. AWS also released an economic impact study estimating that the company’s projected spending on the construction and operation of the new Region will support over 2,500 full-time jobs at external businesses annually, with a planned approximately A$6.8bn investment in Australia between 2022-2037. It’s also estimated to add about A$15.9bn to Aussies’ GDP in 15 years.

Rianne Van Veldhuizen, Managing Director, AWS, ANZ, said, “Since we launched the AWS Sydney region in 2012, we’ve had hundreds of thousands of clients use local infrastructure to lower cost, decrease time to market, and innovate faster. We’re now expanding this further.”

“I’m excited to announce AWS Melbourne region. It will bring cloud closer to our Victorian clients so they can store data securely, be more resilient, and deliver even lower latency.”

“For the AWS Melbourne region, we are investing AUD 6.8 billion into the Victorian economy and support more than 2,500 jobs annually across the broader ecosystem by 2037. At Amazon Web Services, we’re committed to moving Australia forward and are eager to collaborate with you, our customers and partners on this launch,” Van Veldhuizen said.

What is the take of AWS’ clients on the platform?

“We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy, support innovation and help to create new jobs locally,” said Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas.

Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation and Vice-President at RMIT University, said, “At RMIT, our goal is to be a leading university of impact in the Asia Pacific region. We build on a long tradition of excellence in technology, design, and enterprise. Today our focus is on the contribution we can make to the communities where we operate, who share our determination to create an inclusive and sustainable future.”

“Connections with industry, enable our purpose of driving and fostering innovation. So, the launch of an AWS Region in Melbourne from Amazon Web Services is really exciting for us.”

Prof. Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President of RMIT

We know that we have an important role to play in contributing to the community, tackling complex challenges and developing new ventures. With the launch of the AWS Melbourne region, our researchers, students, and academics are even closer to high powered computing with additional capacity to deliver these world-class research outcomes that benefit society.

“We recently launched RMIT University’s AWS Cloud Supercomputing Facility, RACE. The first dedicated commercial cloud supercomputing facility at an Australian university,” he said.

“RACE is being used to advance battery tech for photonics, geospatial science, and other research area at incredible speeds. The low latency and high throughput of the AWS region in Melbourne, combined with our high bandwidth private fibre network, will enable researchers and students to innovate beyond the limitations of traditional on-premises data centres.”