Cloud infrastructure and service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS), has just announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in Australia – the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is designed to give customers access to AWS advance technologies to help drive innovation including compute, storage, networking, business applications, developer tools, data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

“Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

As announced, AWS is planning to make an investment of about $4.5 billion (approx. A$6.8 billion) in Australia by 2037 through the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region.

“The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners,” continued Prasad Kalyanaraman.

According to the company, the new AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region consists of three Availability Zones while joining its existing AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, which opened in November 2012, bringing AWS’ Availability Zones to 99 across 31 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Recently, AWS also announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in India – the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, as well as a plan to invest approximately $4.4 billion in India by 2030 through the new Region. The planned investment is to include capital expenditures on the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses, as stated by the company.