Amazon Web Services launches two Edge locations in UAE

Amazon Web Services says its new centres in the UAE will allow lower latency and higher security for AWS customers
Amazon Web Services launches two Edge locations in UAE
Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of two Amazon Cloudfront Edge locations in Dubai and Fujairah.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 15 Oct 2018 02:22 PM

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of two Amazon Cloudfront Edge locations in Dubai and Fujairah, which the company says will help customers deliver content faster and improve security.

The two locations form part of a larger Amazon Cloudfront network of 138 ‘points of presence’ in 63 cities across 29 countries.

In late 2017, AWS also announced that it plans to build at least three huge data centres in Bahrain, following a deal between the company and the Bahraini government.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in the Middle East and to be bringing even more advanced cloud technologies to customers in the UAE,” said Andy Isherwood, AWS vice president and managing director EMEA.

“The Middle East is an important region for AWS and the UAE is a key hub for many of the Middle East’s most innovative start-ups and enterprises.”

Speaking to Arabian Business, Zubin Chagpar, the head of public sector, MEA for AWS, said that the launch of the Edge locations in the UAE “is not a matter of being in addition to the centres in Bahrain.”

“What we’re doing is extending our network into the region,” he said. “This allows our customers to get better access to services and lower latency by about 90 percent. It means more services will be available.”

According to AWS, Amazon Cloudfront – a self-service, pay-per-use offering – allows customers to have higher transfer speeds and can help drive the usage of a wide variety of web applications in the Middle East, including for e-commerce, mobile banking, media, entertainment and government services.

“With absolute speed, there can be more content local for customers, whether it be optimised websites, content, or streaming,” Chagpar added.

“There is also security. [With the centres in the UAE] there will not be multiple jumps to get to the Amazon network. Proximity helps.”

While Chagpar said that AWS currently has no concrete plans to establish other centres in the region, the company is open to the idea of establishing more in the future if required by customer demands.

“Starting right here in the UAE helps considerably. A lot of international points of ingress and egress happen here,” he said.

“This is an investment in the entire region. But we listen to our customers, and we can have additional Edge locations across the region if needed.”

Among the organisations that work with AWS in the region are the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group), music platform Anghami and online classified service Dubizzle.

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