Now Open — AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region in Australia

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Following up on Jeff’s post about the announcement of the Melbourne region, today I’m happy to share the general availability of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region with three availability zones and API name ap-southeast-4.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region is the second infrastructure region in Australia, in addition to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region, and the twelfth region in Asia Pacific, joining existing regions in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Osaka , Jakarta, Hyderabad, Sydney and mainland China’s Beijing and Ningxia regions.

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AWS in Australia: Long history
In November 2012, AWS established a presence in Australia with the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region. Since then, AWS has delivered continuous investment in infrastructure and technology to help drive digital transformations in Australia to support hundreds of thousands of active customers every month.

Amazon CloudFront — Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) service built for high performance, security and developer comfort that first launched in Australia along with the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region in 2012. To further accelerate the delivery of static and dynamic web content to end users in Australia, AWS announced additional CloudFront locations for Sydney and Melbourne in 2014. In addition, AWS also announced a Regional Edge Cache in 2016 and an additional CloudFront point of presence (PoP) in Perth in 2018. CloudFront points of presence secure, that popular content can be quickly shown to your viewers. Regional Edge caches are located (network-wise) between the CloudFront locations and the origin and further help improve content performance. AWS currently has seven edge locations and one Regional Edge Cache location in Australia.

AWS Direct Connect — As with CloudFront, the first AWS Direct Connect location was made available with the launch of the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. To continue to help our customers in Australia improve application performance, secure data and reduce network costs, announced the opening of additional Direct Connect locations in Sydney (2014), Melbourne (2016), Canberra (2017), Perth (2017) and an additional location in Sydney (2022), for a total of six locations.

AWS Local Zones — To help customers run applications that require single-digit millisecond latency or local computing, customers can use AWS Local Zones. They bring AWS infrastructure (compute, storage, database, and other select AWS services) closer to end users and business centers. AWS customers can run workloads with low latency requirements at the AWS Local Zones location in Perth, while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions.

Upskilling of local developers, students and future IT managers
Digital transformation will not happen by itself. AWS runs various programs and has trained more than 200,000 people across Australia with cloud skills since 2017. There is an additional goal to train more than 29 million people globally with free cloud skills by 2025. Here is a brief description of related programs from AWS:

  • AWS re/Start is a digital skills training program that prepares unemployed, underemployed and transitioning people for a career in cloud computing and connects students with potential employers.
  • AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs.
  • AWS Educate gives students access to AWS services. AWS also partners with governments, educators and industry to help individuals, both tech and non-tech workers, build and deepen their digital skills to nurture a workforce that can harness the power of cloud computing and advanced technologies.
  • AWS Industry Quest is a game-based training initiative designed to help professionals and teams learn and build vital cloud skills and solutions. At re:Invent 2022, AWS announced the first iteration of the program for the financial sector. National Australia Bank (NAB) is AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services’ first beta customer globally. Through AWS Industry Quest, NAB has trained thousands of colleagues in cloud skills since 2018, resulting in more than 4,500 industry-recognized certifications.

In addition to the above programs, AWS is also committed to supporting Victoria’s local technology community through digital upskilling, community initiatives and partnerships. The Victorian Digital Skills is a new Victorian Government program helping to create a new pipeline of talent to meet the digital skills needs of Victorian employers. AWS has taken steps to help address the reskilling challenge by supporting the Victorian Digital Skills Program, which enables mid-career Victorians to train in technology and access higher paying jobs.

The climate promise
Amazon is committed to investing and innovating across its businesses to help create a more sustainable future. With The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to achieving net-zero carbon across its business by 2040 and is on track to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

From May 2022, two projects in Australia are operational. Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Gunnedah and Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Suntop will aim to generate 392,000 MWh of renewable energy each year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 63,000 Australian homes. When Amazon Wind Farm Australia – Hawkesdale also becomes operational, it will increase the projects’ total annual renewable energy production to 717,000 MWh, or enough to power nearly 115,000 Australian homes.

AWS customers in Australia
We have customers in Australia doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

National Australia Bank Limited (NAB)
NAB is one of Australia’s largest banks and Australia’s largest commercial bank. “We have been exploring the potential use cases with AWS since the announcement of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region,” said Steve Day, Chief Technology Officer at NAB.

Locating key banking applications and critical workloads geographically close to their computing platform and the majority of their enterprise workforce will provide lower latency benefits. Furthermore, it will simplify their disaster preparedness plans. With the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region, it will also accelerate their strategy to move 80 percent of applications to the cloud by 2025.

Littlepay
This Melbourne-based financial technology company works with more than 250 transport and mobility providers to enable contactless payments on local buses, city networks and national public transport systems.

“Our mission is to create a universal payment experience worldwide, which requires world-class global infrastructure that can grow with us,” said Amin Shayan, CEO of Littlepay. “To create a seamless experience for our customers, we ingest and process over 1 million monthly transactions in real-time using AWS, enabling us to generate insights that help us improve our services. We are excited about the launch of another AWS region in Australia, as it gives us access to advanced technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, at a lower latency to help make commuting a simpler and more enjoyable experience.”

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
RMIT is a global university of technology, design and business with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff around the world.

“Today’s launch of the AWS Region in Melbourne will open up new ways for our researchers to drive computing and maximize scientific yield,” said Professor Calum Drummond, Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President for Research and Innovation, and Interim DVC, STEM College, at RMIT.

“We recently launched RMIT University’s AWS Cloud Supercomputing facility (RACE) to RMIT researchers, who are now using it to drive advances in battery technologies, photonics and geospatial science. The low latency and high throughput provided by the new AWS region in Melbourne, combined with our 400 Gbps capable private fiber network, will drive new ways of innovation and collaboration yet to be discovered.We fundamentally believe that RACE will truly help democratize high-performance computing so researchers can run their datasets and make faster discoveries.”

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
ABS conducts a population census and housing census every five years. It is the most comprehensive snapshot of Australia, collecting data from around 10 million households and more than 25 million people.

“In this day and age, people expect a fast and simple online experience when using government services,” said Bindi Kindermann, program manager for 2021 Census Field Operations at ABS. “Using AWS, ABS was able to scale and securely deliver services to people across the country, enabling them to quickly and easily participate in this nationwide event.”

With the success of the 2021 Census, ABS continues to expand its use of AWS into wider areas of its business, leveraging the security, reliability and scalability of the cloud.

You can find more inspiring stories from our customers in Australia by visiting the customer success stories page.

Things to know
AWS Usergroups in Australia — Australia is also home to 11 AWS Heroes, 43 AWS Community Builders and community members of 17 AWS User Groups in various cities across Australia. Find an AWS User Group near you to meet and collaborate with other developers, participate in community activities, and share your AWS knowledge.

AWS Global Footprint — With this launch, AWS now spans 99 Availability Zones within 31 geographic regions around the world. We also announced plans for an additional 12 Availability Zones and 4 additional AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Available now — The new Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region is ready to support your business, and you can find a detailed list of the services available in this region on the AWS Regional Services List.

To learn more, please visit the Global Infrastructure page and start building ap-southeast-4!

Happy building!

– Donnie

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