Bahrain’s investment in renewable energy helped convince Amazon Web Services (AWS) to put up its first regional data centres in GCC country.
Yesterday ITP.net reported that AWS has chosen to host its Middle East Availability Zones in Bahrain.
Teresa Carlson, VP of worldwide public sector at AWS said environmental sustainability is a key focus area for the cloud giant’s operations. “AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country's investment in renewable energy projects and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs,” Carlson said. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project.
At the first ever Middle East AWS Summit in Manama, Bahrain, AWS said it will operate a network of data centre infrastructure facilities in the region to enable customers to run workloads right here in in the Middle East and serve end-users across the region with redundancy and lower latency.
The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) region will consist of three Availability Zones (data centres) at launch. AWS currently operates 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide.
AWS also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the UAE in the first quarter of 2018, bringing Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region.
The new announcements are the latest in AWS involvement in
the region since opening its offices in January 2017 in Dubai and Manama. Carlson
said the new investments will help create numerous jobs including solutions
architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff,
“Our investments are an engine for job creation and economic growth, as we’ll be bringing, directly and indirectly, high paying jobs to Bahrain and the region,” Carlson added.