New AWS Malaysia cloud region set to open in 2024
The new cloud region was first announced in March 2023, with AWS committing to investing $6 billion on ramping up infrastructure in the country. The latest update puts into motion a general timeframe for launch, however exact dates are yet to be confirmed.
The confirmation follows the opening of AWS' first office in Kuala Lumpur in June 2023, which it said at the time formed part of a bid to create a firmer foothold in the country.
“Since 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made deep investments in Malaysia, serving customers and unlocking transformation across industries” the company said in a statement.
“Today, AWS reaffirmed its commitment, announcing that the new AWS Region in Malaysia will be live in 2024.
“AWS's previously announced pledge to invest MYR 25.5 billion and build a new AWS Region in Malaysia by 2037 will give developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations greater choice when running their applications and serving end users from data centers located in Malaysia.”
Malaysian generative AI adoption
Increased adoption of generative AI technology in Malaysia has also contributed to the AWS' expansion, the company said.
AWS noted that it has observed a “ wave of widespread adoption” of generative AI in Malaysia in recent months.
The firm said the new cloud region will play a key role in providing infrastructure for organizations exploring the development and deployment of the technology.
AWS support for Malaysia digitization
AWS' push in Malaysia forms part of a broader effort to both expand infrastructure services across Southeast Asia and foster closer ties with organizations operating in Malaysia.
The cloud giant has close ties with public sector organizations in the country and is playing a key role in supporting the nation's digital transformation, according to Chuah Seng Heng, country manager for worldwide public sector at AWS in Malaysia.
“In Malaysia, we're not just building infrastructure, we're spurring a wave of digital transformation and investing in a digital workforce that will shape the nation's future,” he said.
“The new AWS Region will empower Malaysia to accelerate cloud adoption in the public sector and help agencies transform the way citizen services are delivered.
Southeast Asia cloud competition
When AWS first unveiled plans to launch the Malaysia cloud region in March 2023, it came during a period of accelerated competition in the region.