Amazon Cloud Gets More Global Thunder with New AWS Data Centers in US, Australia, and India
| By Alexander Haidar |
On January 20, 2023, Governor Glenn Younkin of Virginia announced that the Amazon subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to invest $35 Billion into expanding its operations in the state over the next seventeen years. According to the Director of Economic Development for AWS, investment from the company has already boosted the state’s Gross Domestic Product by roughly $7 Billion since 2006. Amazon is already a significant employer in Virginia, and aims to add an additional 1000 jobs in this expansion.
AWS has shown to be a particularly profitable endeavor in recent years with third quarter results showing that AWS sales increased 27% year-over-year to $20.5 billion total. AWS has also announced on January 23, 2023 a plan to invest $4.5 Billion into cloud infrastructure in the Melbourne, Australia region, eventually supporting more than 2,500 full time employees. AWS is also going to be investing ₹36,300 Cr (Roughly $4.5 Million) in building data centers in the State of Telangana in India.
These trends in Amazon’s resource allocation are part of a larger shift of the Amazon business model. Earlier this month, CEO Andy Jassy announced a reduction of 18,000 jobs, expected to be primarily in the human resources and store divisions. Amazon has been increasingly focusing its efforts on cloud computing as the company secures AWS’ position as the world’s largest cloud service provider, controlling around 34% of the market.
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Glenn Younkin Press Release on AWS Investment
Amazon Quarterly Results
AWS in Melbourne and Telangana
Amazon Job Cuts Press Release