Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just opened it new cloud region in Cape Town, South Africa which is the company’s 23rd region across the globe.

As usual, the new cloud region comprises of three geographically separate data centers or availability zones; each having an independent power, cooling, and physical security and connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking.

According to AWS, the opening of this cloud infrastructure will allow developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations to run their applications within South Africa and serve end-users across Africa.

“The cloud is positively transforming lives and businesses across Africa and we are honored to be a part of that transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, senior vice president of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services.

“We have a long history in South Africa and have been working to support the growth of the local technology community for over 15 years. In that time, builders, developers, entrepreneurs, and organizations have asked us to bring an AWS Region to Africa and today we are answering these requests by opening the Cape Town Region. We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that will result from African organizations building in the cloud.”

With the new region, AWS now have a total of 23 operational regions which houses 73 availability zones globally.  This Cape Town cloud facility is showing up in the country about 14 years after the development of AWS, which was originally built in 2006 at the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) development center, Cape Town, South Africa.

The cloud giant had also announced plans for four new regions across four other countries including Italy whose region is expected later this year as announced by AWS in 2018, Japan will be getting a second region, Indonesia is scheduled to have a region in 2022 and Spain comes thereafter.