Amazon Announces Presence in Nigeria with Cloud Services Infrastructure

Amazon Web Services makes what can be described as the first announcement of its presence in Nigeria with the launch of AWS Outposts, an infrastructure service that allows users to locally host, run, manage their workload and connect to Amazon’s cloud service offerings.

Amazon, in a statement shared with BusinessDay, described the infrastructure as fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with hardware designed by AWS. These, he says, allow his customers to run AWS services on-premises, including computing, storage, and databases, while seamlessly connecting to AWS’ wide array of services. in the cloud.

“Nigerian customers with workloads that require low latency, data processing, or on-premises data storage can benefit from AWS Outposts,” said Amrote Abdella, managing director, AWS Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are excited to bring the AWS Outposts rack to Nigeria as we continue to deliver advanced cloud services to meet the business needs of AWS customers.

Abdella also said these workloads include applications that might need to generate near real-time responses, communicate with other onsite systems, or control onsite equipment, such as plant equipment, health management systems and retail outlets. systems. Customers can also use the AWS Outposts rack to securely store and use customer data in Nigeria, which is important for organizations in highly regulated industries and data sovereignty requirements.

According to the statement, the AWS Outposts rack brings AWS infrastructure and operating models to data centers, colocation spaces, and on-premises facilities. With the AWS Outposts Rack, customers can use the same on-premises APIs, control panel, tools, and hardware found in AWS Regions to deliver a consistent experience.

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He identifies Paystack, a Nigerian fintech, as one of the indigenous companies already using AWS services to build what he describes as powerful payment and B2B growth tools for thousands of Africa’s most ambitious businesses. “The reliability of AWS has allowed us to seamlessly scale our operations and exponentially increase transaction volumes. We are excited about the launch of the AWS Outposts rack in Nigeria, which brings cloud-scale innovation and services to Nigeria’s technology ecosystem,” said Ezra Olubi, co-founder and CTO of Paystack.

54Gene, a health technology company, is also identified as another local company using the service, and has built its Genomics Infrastructure & Insights Ecosystem (GENIISYSTM) platform on AWS, allowing them to collect and analyze various datasets. to unlock scientific discoveries. “Thanks to AWS, we have been able to deploy new digital services faster than we would have had to before. Continuous innovation is part of 54Gene’s DNA. The launch of the AWS Outposts rack in Nigeria allows us to scale and run AWS services on-premises. We are thrilled, said Francis Osifo, vice president of 54Gene.

The AWS Outposts rack allows customers to build and run applications on-premises using the same programming interfaces as in AWS Regions. With AWS Outposts, customers can choose from a range of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) general, compute, memory, storage, and graphics-optimized instances, with or without local storage options.

Other possibilities are the Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) volume options on Outposts. Customers can then run a wide range of AWS services locally, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon EMR, and they can connect directly to regional services like Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon DynamoDB via public or private connections.

While Amazon is best known for its e-commerce offering, the company claims that for more than 15 years its AWS service has been the most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud offering in the world. AWS says it has continually extended its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and now has over 200 comprehensive services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics , machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT). ), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media and application development, deployment and management.

Operating in different regions of the world, AWS is used by enterprises and governments to, as it is said, “power their infrastructure, become more agile and reduce costs”.

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