With the launch of the new AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, AWS becomes the first major cloud services provider to have an infrastructure region in Western Canada.
“With the launch of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, customers and partners across Canada now have additional infrastructure to deploy applications with greater resilience, availability, and lower latency, while enabling more customers to innovate with advanced technologies like artificial intelligence to help fuel economic development across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, VP of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “AWS is committed to helping organizations of all sizes and across all industries increase agility and drive innovation. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”
AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region provides customers with more options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability, securely store data in Canada, and serve end users with even lower latency. The AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Canada (Central) Region, which opened in December 2016.
According to a new AWS economic impact study, AWS will invest more than $17.9 billion (approx. CA $24.8 billion) in its infrastructure in Canada through 2037, and support an average of more than 9,300 full-time equivalent jobs annually.
“Our government is committed to positioning our domestic industries for long-term growth and sustainability. The powerful digital infrastructure being established by Amazon Web Services near Calgary, Alberta will support Canadian developers, startups, large enterprises and academic institutions in their work by enabling access to AWS’s powerful advanced cloud technologies,” said Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada. “This means faster and more reliable access to cloud services to support computing, storage, networking, analytics, artificial intelligence, mobile, hybrid, media, and security, which helps to secure well-paying jobs across many new industries.”
Among the active AWS customers in Canada are TELUS, Bell Canada, BlackBerry, Calgary Sports and Entertainment, CI Financial, Keyera, Kidoodle.tv, KOHO Financial, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the National Hockey League (NHL), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Neo Financial, Nutrien, RBC, SECURE, Sun Life and University of Calgary.
“In partnership with AWS, TELUS is transforming the connected home experience with the world’s first device-agnostic connected home solution that simplifies the installation, setup, and management of all of your connected devices,” said Garry Gross, VP of Platform and Systems Development at TELUS. “The addition of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, combined with the AWS Canada (Central) Region ensures our customers enjoy a higher level of resilience and availability necessary to support this hyper-personalized smart home experience.”
With the launch of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region, AWS has 105 Availability Zones across 33 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the AWS European Sovereign Cloud.