Amazon’s cloud services arm AWS, has revealed it plans to invest $236 million (R$1 billion) in Brazil to strengthen its cloud infrastructure over the next two years.

The company’s cloud region is precisely in São Paulo, and the new investment will see the expansion of data centers and increased cloud service offerings for its customers both in the private and public sectors. It will further bolster the company’s portfolio in South America.

The new investment was disclosed at a meeting between João Doria, Governor of São Paulo, Patricia Ellen, Brazil’s Secretary of Economic Development, and Shannon Kellogg, Global Vice President of Public Policy for AWS.

“With this important investment by AWS, Amazon’s cloud computing company, we are going to generate more jobs, technology and opportunities for startups as well, placing the state of São Paulo in the world context”, said João.

Launched in 2011, the current AWS cloud region in São Paulo, has three availability zones which are described as three discrete data centers with redundant power, networking, and connectivity.

As part of AWS LATAM expansion, it was reported in October last year that the cloud giant is planning to invest $800 million in Argentina for the construction of a regional data center. Since the Argentina facility is not yet available, Amazon’s cloud infrastructure in São Paulo is still the only AWS cloud region in Latin America.

The Governor also celebrates the recent signing of the collaboration agreement between Centro Paula Souza and AWS which grants access to the company’s cloud services platform learning programs.

Technology and Communication students of Centro Paula Souza now benefit from the virtual learning kit on AWS, especially those students from the Cloud Computing areas of the Novotec program. The platform was developed in partnership with AWS and offered as one of the 31 courses in Novotec Express mode.