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Adam Selipsky Bullish On $5 Billion ‘Far Reaching’ Plans In Thailand

Mark Haranas

The nearly $80 billion cloud giant continues its to expand its infrastructure and services reach by building new AWS Regions across the globe.

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Amazon Web Services continues to pour billions into expanding its global infrastructure and cloud services reach by unveiling plans to invest a whopping $5 billion in Thailand.

AWS will build a new AWS cloud region in the country while also providing support to Thailand startups and governments.

AWS CEO Adam Selipsky was bullish about his nearly $80 billion company’s plans for the region.

“From SMBs and startups, to enterprises and governments—we’re looking forward to the far-reaching impact of a new infrastructure Region in Thailand,” said Selipsky in a LinkedIn post today.
“This is the latest in our ongoing investments in Thailand, furthering our mission to provide customers with advanced and secure cloud technologies,” said Selipsky.

[Related: Google Cloud’s 5 Big New Partnerships: Accenture, ServiceNow, HCLTech]

New AWS Cloud Region; Investments In Training

Over the next 15 years, the Seattle-based cloud market share leader will commit to investing $5 billion to support Thailand’s digital transformation initiatives, AWS’ CEO said.

“We’re looking toward Thailand’s digital future with the announcement of a new infrastructure Region,” Selipsky said.

The new AWS Region will be built in Bangkok, Thailand.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region will consist of three Availability Zones aimed at enabling startups, developers and enterprises—as well as government, education and nonprofits—to run their applications and serve end users from AWS data centers in the country.

The goal is to enable customers with data residency preferences or requirements to securely store data in Thailand while providing lower latency across the country.

To support the growth in cloud adoption across Thailand, AWS will also invest in upskilling local developers and students in Thailand through programs like AWS re/Start, AWS Academy, and AWS Educate.

AWS’ Selipsky this month said his company has trained 13 million people and counting.

“AWS is on a mission to bridge the skills gap—and reach our goal to train 29 million people for free by 2025,” said Selipsky on Twitter.

AWS Building Dozens Of New Cloud Regions

AWS Regions consist of AWS Availability Zones that contain infrastructure in distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones.

The new Thailand region adds to AWS’ existing 87 Availability Zones across 27 geographic regions.

AWS currently is working on building 24 more cloud Availability Zones across Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.

Each AWS Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security and connected through redundant low latency networks.

Over the past five years, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have each been annually spending billions of dollars in building and equipping new data centers across the globe to meet the growing demand for cloud services.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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