Cloud infrastructure and service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS), has just announced plans to open its first data center region in New Zealand, which will be sited in Auckland.

With plans to open the new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region in 2024, AWS estimates that it will create up to 1,000 new jobs with a total investment of NZ$7.5 billion (US$5.3 billion) in the new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region which will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) or data centers.

“AWS supports thousands of organizations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally. AWS Cloud technology is providing new ways for government to further engage with citizens, for enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and for entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services, AWS.

“Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organizations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”

The three planned Availability Zones are expected to join the existing 81 AWS Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch. As announced, the new Region will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand. Globally, the cloud giant plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the new AWS Region in New Zealand.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), AWS has already announced plans to open a new Cloud Region which will also feature three separated data centers or Availability Zones. The planned UAE cloud infrastructure will also become AWS’s second region in the Middle East, joining the existing AWS Region in Bahrain which was opened in 2019.