Digital giant Amazon has chosen Melbourne for its latest data hub in a move the Victorian government says will strengthen the state’s thriving tech sector.
Treasurer Tim Pallas on Tuesday announced Amazon Web Services will open a cloud infrastructure region in Melbourne in 2022, creating 90 jobs within four years of its launch.
The planned Melbourne region will consist of three data centres and will join the company’s existing Sydney region, which opened in 2012.
Mr Pallas said the new infrastructure will help Victorian organisations, including the public sector, to develop advanced technologies.
“This really is big. This is a game-changer in many ways for the state of Victoria. It sets us out, not only as a regional area of innovation and expertise, but it demonstrates to the world that we are not just sitting back waiting for the world to come to us,” Mr Pallas told reporters.
“Victoria is a great place to be, a great place to invest and a great place to innovate.”
Simon Elisha from AWS said Amazon has invested $3 billion worth of infrastructure in Australia during the past decade.
He said the company provides cloud computing platforms to tens of thousands of Australian customers.
“In layman’s terms it’s access to all those things that make your applications great, the stuff you use on your phone, on your computer, it all runs these days on the cloud,” Mr Elisha said.
“By having it in Victoria it means there’s more capability, it’ll run faster and it’s even more secure.”
Local AWS customers include Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, David Jones, Deloitte Australia and Swinburne University.