Amazon Web Services launches Indonesia cloud region, to invest $5B in the region over next 15 years

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an, Inc. company, has launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region and is planning to invest an estimated $5 billion in the region over the next 15 years.

Amazon Web Services launches Indonesia cloud region, to invest $5B in the region over next 15 years

AWS said in a statement that the investment includes 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.

The investment is also estimated to sustain an average of 24,700 direct and indirect jobs annually during this time. These jobs will be part of the AWS supply chain in Indonesia, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and jobs within the broader Indonesian economy.

The construction and operation of AWS infrastructure in Indonesia is also estimated to add over $10 billion to Indonesia’s gross domestic product over the next 15 years.

“The cloud provides organizations of all types and sizes—from businesses to educational institutions to government agencies—opportunities to transform their operations and reinvent experiences for their customers and end-users,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

“AWS is excited to announce our new Region in the Asia Pacific and help Indonesian institutions, innovative startups, and world-leading companies deliver cloud-powered applications to fuel economic development across the country. Organizations across industries in Indonesia can now take advantage of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region to lower costs, increase agility, and drive innovation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said that infrastructure from the world’s leading cloud provider plays a critical role in accelerating Indonesia's digital economy.

“We expect that AWS’s cloud technology will help us achieve our vision and goals outlined in the Indonesia Payment Systems 2045 blueprint, fully digitalizing the nation’s payment systems and integrating a multitude of stakeholders and economic activities under the guiding principles of security and data protection,” he said.

With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, AWS has 84 Availability Zones across 26 geographic regions globally, with announced plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.

AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. Availability Zones are located far enough from each other to support customers’ business continuity but near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. The launch of an AWS Region in Indonesia provides customers with even lower latency across the country and supports disaster recovery applications for business continuity.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region is the latest in AWS’s ongoing investments in Indonesia. In 2018, AWS opened an office in Jakarta to support its rapidly growing customer base across the country with new jobs including technical experts, solutions architects, technical account managers (TAMs), partner managers, systems engineers, and professional services providers.

In April 2020, AWS launched AWS Outposts, which offers Indonesian customers and partners access to the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, application programming interfaces (APIs), and tools in virtually any data center, colocation space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent hybrid experience. Today, AWS Outposts enable customers and partners to run key AWS services in their own data centers while connecting to a broader range of services in the AWS Global Infrastructure.

In March 2021, AWS launched its first Amazon CloudFront edge location in Indonesia, offering customers in Indonesia up to 30 percent lower latency. Amazon CloudFront is a highly secure and programmable content delivery network (CDN) that accelerates the delivery of data, videos, applications, and APIs to users worldwide with low latency and high transfer speeds.

In 2019, AWS made a commitment to empowering hundreds of thousands of Indonesians from all backgrounds with cloud proficiency by 2025 in support of the “Freedom of Learning” (Merdeka Belajar) national initiative. To date, 200,000 Indonesians have been trained in cloud skills in collaboration with the Indonesian government and other agencies, including educational institutions and AWS Partners. The program invests in initiatives to help Indonesia’s workforce prepare for the technology-focused, high-paying, in-demand jobs of the future.

AWS also remains strongly committed to supporting startups and businesses in Indonesia. Since 2017, AWS has helped more than 1,700 Indonesian startups build and scale their businesses on AWS. In the next five years, AWS plans to reach more than 1 million beneficiaries in Indonesia through corporate social responsibility initiatives under AWS InCommunities, which include science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education, local tech workforce development, community development, and environmental initiatives.

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