Amazon Web Services is taking a more direct route to Canberra with listed data centre player NEXTDC’s C1 the newest hosting location for AWS Direct Connect.
The announcement is a first in the Canberra market and the latest move in AWS’s ongoing push to target the federal government and public-sector organisations.
The service allows AWS’s customers to establish a secure and private connection between AWS and its own data centre, office, or collocation environment.
This feature will be particularly attractive to the government agencies averse to using the public internet to access AWS Cloud services.
The AWS Direct Connect service can be accessed through a cross-connect service at the C1 Canberra facility, which is the fourth AWS Direct Connect point of presence in Australia and the second outside Sydney.
AWS ANZ public sector country manager Andrew Phillips said C1 would play a significant role in encouraging innovation in the delivery of digital government services.
“The launch will enable our federal and ACT government customers to connect the hyper-scale AWS Cloud and run synchronous replication across independent zones, helping to ensure government data is managed securely — with high resilience,” Mr Phillips said.
“This in turn will help government agencies deliver improved services to Australian citizens, who increasingly rely on digital services for their interactions with government.”
The move is also a plus for NEXTDC as it adds to the portfolio of services the company provides to government agencies under the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.
The arrival of AWS Direct Connect presence in Canberra is also welcome news for AWS’s non-government customers, with regional start-ups now able to use the full portfolio of services
Bega-based regional software start-up and AWS partner 2pi Software’s director, Liam O’Duibhir, said it delivered the “immense power of the Amazon Web Services’ suite of services”, which could be leveraged to deliver better opportunities to the IT communities in regional areas.
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