Amazon's Bahrain data centres signal shift in Middle East cloud options

In the wake of Microsoft's new data centres, the AWS availability zones are another sign of change in the cloud landscape.

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Amazon Web Services this week launched three cloud availability zones in Bahrain, adding to the rapidly expanding list of hyperscale data centers that are available to  Middle East enterprises. The launch comes just a month after Microsoft inaugurated its own public cloud data centers in the United Arab Emirates.

The  AWS availability zones comprise at least one data center each and are situated in separate geographic locations to minimize the risk of a single event impacting business continuity. Together, the availability zones make up what AWS calls its Middle East (Bahrain) Region, and will offer 46 different cloud services for businesses as well as government, education and nonprofit organizations. 

The entrance of hyperscale cloud providers in the region has been long overdue, said  Santhosh Rao, a research director at Gartner in the United Arab Emirates, adding that an increasing number of MENA companies aspire to migrate IT infrastructure to the cloud. 

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