AWS opens Joburg office as cloud demand soars

Staff Writer
By Staff Writer, ITWeb
Johannesburg, 01 Sept 2022
Chris Erasmus, country manager at AWS.
Chris Erasmus, country manager at AWS.

Cloud computing company Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a new office in Johannesburg to support growing customer demand.

In a statement, AWS says the new office will support South Africa’s burgeoning cloud market, and provide a range of services to organisations of all sizes, including start-ups, enterprises, and public sector agencies to help them innovate, lower information technology (IT) costs, and accelerate migrations to the cloud.

The new office continues Amazon’s growing investment in South Africa, says the firm. In 2004, AWS first established its presence in Cape Town, setting up a development centre to pioneer technologies focused on networking, next-generation software for customer support, and software programs used by AWS, among other technologies.

In 2017, the Amazon global network expanded to Africa through AWS Direct Connect and, in 2018, AWS launched Amazon CloudFront locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

In 2019, AWS created the R365 million AWS Equity Equivalent Investment Programme, which it says helps develop 100% black-owned South African small businesses in the information and communications technology sector.

In 2020, Amazon further reinforced its commitment to Africa when it launched Africa (Cape Town) Region, the first AWS Infrastructure Region in South Africa.

According to the company, the AWS Region enables businesses and government organisations of all sizes to create remote working platforms, build cloud applications, and store their data locally, while reaching end users across Africa with even lower latency.

“Johannesburg offers an incredible talent pool of highly skilled and creative people. It is home to many notable South African enterprises leading the way in digital innovation as well as fast-growing start-ups,” says Chris Erasmus, country manager at AWS.

“We have seen increased adoption of AWS technology in the country, which has fuelled the need to service our customers from their centre of operations. The new office will support customers to innovate, lower their IT costs, and grow their organisations by leveraging the cloud. We look forward to fostering the country’s pioneering spirit alongside our customers by helping them accelerate their digital transformation and deliver innovative new products and services to the South African economic landscape.”