AWS’ latest cloud region allows Spanish customers to run workloads and store data with low latency.

This week, Amazon Web Services announced the launch of its eighth cloud region in Europe, the AWS Europe (Spain) Region. An AWS region is a cluster of cloud datacenters located in the same geographic area. Each cluster is organized into Availability Zones. Each zone includes one or more datacenters.

Availability Zones are designed to provide high availability, meaning that if one of the Availability Zones in a region experiences a malfunction, the other datacenters can continue to operate. The new AWS infrastructure region in Spain includes three Availability Zones.

“Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, will have even greater choice for running their applications and serving end users from datacenters located in Spain, using advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation”, the company said.

A massive investment in Spain

AWS says it estimates that the construction and operation of the new region will support more than 1,300 full-time jobs, with a planned $2.5 billion investment in Spain over ten years.

The new datacenters are being constructed in addition to four existing Amazon CloudFront edge locations that AWS operates in Spain. These locations are server clusters that host data near users to reduce latency and deliver fast network access.

There are also AWS Direct Connect hubs available to Amazon’s Spanish customers. These hubs allow companies to establish direct network links between their on-premises infrastructure and AWS datacenters. 

Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS, explained the project launch. “The cloud enables organizations of all types and sizes to speed up innovation, improve business processes and reinvent experiences for their customers and end users.”

“We are also proud to be investing in Aragón to support community projects led by local schools and organizations. “Our investment in the AWS Europe (Spain) Region reflects AWS’s long-term commitment to support the country’s economic development, job creation, and business growth.”