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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A month after Microsoft launched data centers in the United Arab Emirates, Amazon Web Services this week launched three availability zones in Bahrain, adding to the  expanding list of cloud choices for Middle East enterprises.

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 many emerging MENA companies aspire to be cloud-first. 

“This is good timing for Amazon Web Services to come into the market," Rao said.

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