Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, is all set to be a major employer in the Middle East after it announced yesterday that it has chosen Bahrain as its Middle East Hub in 2019 for an infrastructure platform.
AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments, on a paid subscription basis.
Bahrain was picked in part due to the country’s proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs.
There will be three Availability Zones at launch, which increase the tally of currently 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong an Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online by the end of 2018.
When asked about the move to the Middle East, a source at AWS tells AMEinfo that organizations in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and other countries have been increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS.
“Many of our Middle Eastern customers have been happy running their technology infrastructure in our existing AWS Regions in Germany, Ireland, the UK and others around the world, but the feedback has been that they would also like an AWS Region in the Middle East,” AWS said.
“Bringing an AWS Region to the Middle East means organsiations will be able to provide even lower latency to their end users,” the firm added.
Jobs on the way
Asked whether this move will impact on the job market, the AWS source answered: “This infrastructure region will also bring with it a number of highly skilled, well paid jobs to the local economy.”
“The kind of roles AWS is hiring for include Data Center Engineers, Support Engineers, Engineering Operations Managers, Security Specialists and many more,” the source added.
In addition to the data centers, AWS is also hiring in its two offices in the Middle East, in Dubai and Bahrain, the source revealed, saying: “We are looking for highly skilled individuals to join us as account managers, solution architects, business developers, partner managers, professional services consultants, technology evangelists, start-up community developers, and more.”
Who’s using AWS?
Startups in the region choosing AWS include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9, Mawdoo3.com, Namshi, OneGCC, Opensooq.com, Payfort, Tajawal and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem.
Established enterprises such as Actel, Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance and the United Arab Shipping Company are also using AWS.
Even government branches such as the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration have moved their systems to the platform.
Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc., said at the launch: “As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation.”
“Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East,” Jassy added.
Those interested can apply for roles online at https://www.amazon.jobs/