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AWS Launches Region in Italy to Expand Cloud Global Footprint; Peter DeSantis Quoted

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the opening of the AWS Europe, Milan Region, marking the sixth AWS Region in Europe alongside Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Stockholm, the company reported on Tuesday.

“Cloud technology has been a key part of the transformation of industries across Italy – from automotive and utilities, to manufacturing and retail, and so much more. With the new AWS Milan Region we look forward to supporting even more customers as they grow their organizations and innovate for their users across virtually all industries,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services.

The developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education and non-profit organizations will be able to run applications and serve end-users from data centers located in Italy and leverage advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation.

The AWS Milan Region has three Availability Zones. Each zone has independent power, cooling and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking. AWS customers focused on high availability will be able to design applications and run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault-tolerance.

Customers building applications that comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have access to another secure AWS infrastructure region in the European Union (EU) that meets the highest levels of security, compliance and data protection.

The Milan Region will also add to AWS’s ongoing investment in Italy. AWS first established a presence in the country in 2012, with the launch of an AWS Edge location in Milan, followed by an AWS office in the city in 2014 and Rome in 2016.

The facilities have added significant and growing teams of account managers, business development managers, customer services representatives, partner managers, professional services consultants, solutions architects, technical account managers and more to help customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud.

In addition,  in 2016, AWS acquired Asti-based company NICE Software located in Piedmont. In 2017, an Edge location was opened in Palermo and in 2019, an AWS Direct Connect endpoint launched in Milan, helping customers establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS.

Later in 2019, AWS launched two additional Edge locations in Milan and one in Rome. These investments are in addition to the thousands of permanent jobs and over €4 billion of investment from Amazon, since 2010.

“AWS customers in Italy are among the most creative and innovative organizations that we support anywhere in the world, and we are always inspired by the work they do with our technology,” DeSantis added.

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