Amazon AWS: Melbourne Becomes AWS's Second Australian Cloud Region

Jan 27, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a cloud region in Melbourne, Australia. This marks the second cloud region AWS has in Australia, following the launch of Sydney in 2012. The facility was first announced in December 2020. Littlepay's CEO, Amin Shayan, is ecstatic about establishing a second AWS Region in Australia, as it offers them access to sophisticated technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, at a reduced latency, which will help make commuting a smoother and more delightful experience. 

Professor Calum Drummond, deputy director and vice-president of innovation and research and provisional DVC, STEM College, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), stated that the unveiling of the AWS Region in Melbourne would provide their researchers with new opportunities to advance supercomputing engineering and optimize scientific return. The low latency and high bandwidth provided by the new AWS Region in Melbourne, in conjunction with their 400 Gbps-capable private fiber network, will enable previously unimaginable forms of invention and cooperation. In addition, the corporation has introduced a Local Zone in Perth, Western Australia. An area in New Zealand is also undergoing development. 

Most major cloud service providers have a physical presence in Australia. Microsoft has three Azure regions in Australia, located in Canberra, New South Wales, and Victoria; a location for New Zealand will soon be established in Auckland. Oracle operates in Sydney and Melbourne, while Alibaba's cloud also has a Sydney site. In 2017, Google launched its first Australian Cloud region in Sydney, followed by Melbourne in 2021 and New Zealand in development.