Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Web Services, Launches New Local Zones Location in Lagos
US billionaire Jeff Bezos’s multinational cloud computing service provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new AWS local zones location in Lagos. This comes months after it opened its first office in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. The office opened in Lagos is part of Amazon’s global expansion and commitment to Africa. The development also highlights the importance of the African market for technology companies.
Founded by the world’s third-richest man, Jeff Bezos, AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., a leading technology company. Amazon focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence.
What does the new launch by AWS mean?
The recently launched new local zones in Lagos bring AWS services near densely populated areas, industries, and IT hubs. It simply means that customers will now be able to deploy applications to end users. They will also be able to operate on-premises data centers that require single-digit millisecond latency.
Also, Lagos customers will be able to achieve the low latency required for use cases such as online gaming, live-streaming, and augmented and virtual reality.
It will also consequently meet the needs of customers operating in regulated sectors like healthcare, financial service, and the public sector. Customers with special preferences or requirements to keep data within a geographic boundary will also be properly catered for.
In a statement, AWS regional public sector lead for West, East, and Central Africa, Robin Njiru, said “We’ve designed Local Zones to support a broad range of use cases—from trading applications that need to respond quickly to market fluctuations to an interactive live event and gaming experiences.”
AWS presence in Nigeria
AWS’s regional manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Amrote Abdella noted that AWS’s presence in Nigeria will promote the nation’s instituting spirit. He added that the development will assist customers in accelerating their digital transformation and help them deliver innovative new products and services to the Nigerian community.
Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has now become the third U.S. technology behemoth with active operations in Nigeria.
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