The short and sweet answer is: To be close to customers and to meet geographical regulation laws, which give the following benefits:
1. Laws of Physics
Low latency makes the internet go round. Latency is the delay between a user’s action and a web application’s response to that action, often referred to in networking terms as the total round trip time it takes for a data packet to travel. In today’s internet age, the importance of website speed comes down to milliseconds and can be worth millions in gained or lost profits.
By offering the three Availability Zones in South Africa, connected through low-latency links, customers can easily deploy high availability applications with even lower latency to their customers and end-users and keep their data inside their AWS Region.
2. Laws of Geographical Regulation
With the new region, customers with data residency requirements, and those looking to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), can now store their content in South Africa with the assurance that they retain complete ownership of their data and it will not move unless they choose to move it.
This will mitigate the data privacy headache faced by many companies as the effective enforcement of POPIA draws nearer, allowing them to store their data in the cloud using the AWS Cape Town region.
Many enterprises are faced with the challenge to keep their customer data safe under the POPIA act, as well as regulations and compliance to keep data and information geographically bound within the borders of South Africa. With the new data center in Cape Town, Web.Eng helps South African customers meet compliance & regulation laws to store information in South Africa, allowing customers to meet this standard while still using the AWS infrastructure that meets the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.
How the AWS Cape Town data center directly affects South African businesses
With the 2 main benefits discussed above, we can look at further abstract reasons why the AWS data center in Cape Town provides further competitive advantages to the Southern African cloud computing market:
The addition of the AWS infrastructure region means developers, enterprises, start-ups, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), education institutions, and governments can leverage the benefits of AWS to start their own businesses, drive innovation, build new products and services, and help citizens across Africa.
In simple terms, the world’s most popular website platform can now be infinitely scaled for essentially unlimited visitors doing an unlimited number of things on your website or application.
Using AWS and investing in AWS training brings an understanding of the capabilities to innovate with their respective services to improve our service offering to our customers. 4 very simple examples out of a possible 175+ services are:
- Using AWS SES to send not only transactional website emails, but also other marketing and promotional emails that are tightly integrated with the content types stored in the WordPress Website database.
- Using AWS SNS to verify users via OTP over email or SMS text. SNS can also be used to send promotional and marketing text messages to the user devices with a few clicks
- With Amazon Polly, Web.Eng can provide our clients’ website visitors to their WordPress website audio recordings of the content. Audio files are created and embedded in any of the voices and languages supported by Amazon Polly. Visitors can stream the audio at their convenience using inline audio players and mobile applications.
- Leverage Cloudformation to deploy fault tolerant and scalable WordPress infrastructures
Moreover, working with an AWS partner will not only guide clients on the right path to digital transformation, it will also pave the way for better optimised solution architecture from a cost and performance perspective. AWS Partners like Web.Eng take our knowledge gained across the span of working with all clients, and eliminate the need for clients to invest time and money in their own education of mammoth platforms like AWS.
The new data centre will enable developers, start-ups and enterprises, as well as government, education and non-profit organisations, to run their applications and serve end-users in Africa, with lower latency and leverage advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation.
With the local launch, AWS now spans 73 Availability Zones within 23 geographic regions around the world, and has announced plans for 12 more across four more AWS regions in Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Spain. The impact of AWS opening a data centre region in South Africa and why local enterprises and other cloud users are increasingly looking to make use of local hyperscalers.
Instances and Services
Amazon Web Service’s Region and Services Page details all the available services offered through each region around the world.
Below is a list of all the services offered by the AWS Cape Town region at the time of writing.
|Cape Town Region – Services Offered
|Amazon API Gateway
|Amazon Elastic MapReduce
||Amazon Elasticsearch Service
|Amazon Kinesis Video Streams
||Amazon Route 53 Private DNS
||AWS Auto Scaling
|AWS Certificate Manager
||AWS Database Migration Service
|AWS Direct Connect
||AWS Elastic Beanstalk
||AWS Key Management Service
||AWS Personal Health Dashboard
||AWS Server Migration Service
|AWS Shield Standard
||AWS Step Functions
|AWS Systems Manager
||AWS Trusted Advisor
|Elastic Load Balancing