Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today announced it plans to open a data center region in Switzerland which is scheduled to be ready in the second half of 2022.

As usual, the new AWS Zurich region will comprise three Availability Zones (geographically separated data centers), and join existing regions in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the UK. Currently, the company operates a global portfolio of 77 Availability Zones across 24 geographic regions with announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Switzerland, Indonesia, Japan, and Spain.

“For more than 14 years, AWS has supported organizations across almost every industry in Switzerland to speed up innovation, lower their IT costs, and transform their operations,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

“AWS is excited to announce our upcoming region in Switzerland and help Swiss institutions, innovative startups, and world-leading pharma companies deliver cloud-powered applications to fuel economic development across the country.”

The development of an AWS region in Switzerland is further intended to address data residency concerns of local customers. Some of the company’s Zurich customers include Ringier, a multi-national Media Company based in Switzerland; Dentsu Tracking, a provider of supply chain tracking and tracing technologies; Swiss Post, the national postal service; and Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), a public broadcasting organization.

“Using AWS services, especially managed services with analytics and machine learning, we can better understand our readers’ interests, improve content production, and optimize content distribution for Blick as well as many other renowned media brands – all tailored to our customers’ needs. The planned opening of an AWS Region in Switzerland is great news for us as it reflects AWS’s dedication to Switzerland,” said Zhao Wang, Head of Data Technology for Ringier.

AWS opened its first Swiss office in April 2016, which was followed by a second office in Geneva in December 2017. In March 2017, AWS established two Points of Presence (PoPs) in Zurich and now plans to launch a new cloud region by 2022.