Amazon Launches Cloud-Based Regional Data Center Project in Israel
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of Amazon, has announced the official launch of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region. This expansion brings a host of opportunities for developers, startups, enterprises, and various organizations to run their applications and serve end users from data centers located in Israel, leveraging advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation. The launch is part of AWS' long-term commitment to the Israeli market, with plans to invest an estimated $7.2 billion (ILS 26.6 billion) in Israel through 2037 via the new AWS Region.
“The launch of the AWS Region in Israel provides customers with the ability to build the most advanced cloud technology-based applications and achieve the highest levels of security, availability, and resilience,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “Israel’s strategy to promote technology innovation, along with its abundance of talent, has created a thriving global hub for entrepreneurs, e-governments, and multinational businesses. Cloud technology is at the heart of any digital transformation program, and AWS is proud to support Israel’s efforts to enhance citizen services for many years to come.”
With the launch of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region, customers gain the advantage of securely storing data in Israel while experiencing reduced latency across the country. This promotes greater productivity, efficient business operations, and improved real-time application performance. AWS customers also gain access to advanced cloud technologies, including compute, storage, networking, business applications, developer tools, data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).
An economic impact study by AWS projects that the construction and operation of the new AWS Region will support an average of over 7,700 full-time equivalent jobs at external businesses annually. Additionally, it is estimated that AWS will invest $7.2 billion (ILS 26.6 billion) in Israel through 2037, contributing approximately $13.9 billion (ILS 51.7 billion) to Israel's gross domestic product (GDP) over the same period.
Various Israeli organizations have already embraced AWS, leveraging its cloud infrastructure to drive innovation and meet stringent regulatory requirements. Some of the prominent organizations using AWS in Israel include Bank Hapoalim, Amdocs, CyberArk, Wiz, and the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety. AWS's partnership with Israeli startups has been crucial in nurturing the next generation of enterprises and fostering a culture of innovation.
AWS is also dedicated to upskilling Israel's workforce and has partnered with several universities and business schools to provide free resources for cloud-related learning through AWS Educate and AWS Academy. These initiatives aim to prepare students for future jobs in the cloud computing industry and support Israel's digital transformation.