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AWS launches second infrastructure phase in Australia Page 1, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) company Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure region in Australia: the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region. From today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs and corporations, as well as government, academic and non-profit organizations have even more choices to run their applications and serve end users from AWS data centers in Australia. AWS plans to invest US$4.5 billion (approximately AU$6.8 billion) in Australia by 2037 through the Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region. For more information about AWS Global Infrastructure, see

“Australia has a strong heritage of technological innovation. “The launch of a second AWS region in Australia provides even more stability and allows more customers to build cloud-based applications, driving economic growth across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services at AWS. “The Pacific (Sydney) region complements our existing infrastructure expansion and investment in Australia since launch. Opportunities with our local customers and AWS partners to deepen our investments.”

“We know how important it is for businesses in Victoria to have access to secure cloud infrastructure. Providing more choice will stimulate the economy, support innovation performance and help create new local jobs,” said Victoria’s Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Ballas.

With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region, AWS has 99 Availability Zones in 31 geographic regions and plans to launch 12 additional Availability Zones and four additional AWS Zones in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. AWS Regions are made up of Availability Zones that provide infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region, which has three availability zones, complements the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region launched in November 2012. The availability zones are far enough apart to support customer business continuity, but close enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications that use multiple availability zones. Each available zone is individually powered, cooled, physically protected, and connected via redundant ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers who value high availability can design their applications to run across multiple Availability Zones, providing even greater fault tolerance.