AWS to open regional data center in Israel in 2023
Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services, a unit of Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced on Friday that it will open an infrastructure region in Israel in the first half of 2023. The company recently won the call. Israeli government’s “Nimbus” computing offerings with Google Cloud. The two companies have been selected by the Ministry of Finance and the Government Computer Authority as cloud service providers to the Government of Israel and the IDF for the next seven years, in a tender estimated at around 4 billion shekels.
After losing in the tender, software giant Microsoft, with its cloud computing service Azure, and computer technology company Oracle, filed administrative motions in an attempt to leave an opening for a future legal remedy. against the results of the tender, but no direct legal proceedings. take place annually the result. Microsoft and Oracle stress that they are continuing their efforts to install data centers in Israel.
Oracle has announced that it will open its cloud center located in the Jerusalem area this summer. Microsoft, which announced in early 2020 that it would open its data center in 2021, subsequently announced that it would not open until the first half of 2022. Google, which also officially announced the establishment of a regional data center in the cloud, did not specify when it will start working.
Amazon’s regional cloud, like others, is not intended for government use alone, but for the entire Israeli economy. In its Friday announcement, the company said, “The AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) region will enable even more developers, startups and businesses as well as government, education and non-profit organizations. run their applications and serve end users from data. centers located in Israel. In addition, the Israeli government has announced that it has chosen AWS as its main cloud provider under the “Nimbus” contract for government ministries and subsidiaries. The Nimbus framework will provide cloud services to Israeli government ministries, including local municipalities, state-owned enterprises, and public sector organizations with the aim of helping accelerate digital transformation. This will help spur innovation and enable new digital services for the citizens of Israel.
In August 2020, it was announced that AWS was working on setting up data centers at three sites in Israel, each with a capacity of 16 megawatts. AWS started moving the project forward with Azrieli Group Ltd. (TASE: AZRG) and the American company Compass. The sites, according to the report, are in Bet Shemesh, Shoham and the Hefer Valley. The real estate transactions involved were estimated at 300-400 million shekels and the project as a whole at around 1 billion shekels.
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Accountant General Yali Rothenberg said, “We congratulate AWS on its winning bid for the first tender for the Nimbus Project, a multi-year flagship project led by the Israel Government Procurement Administration to provide a comprehensive framework for the provision of cloud services to the government of Israel “
“The new AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) region will enable more public and private institutions, innovative startups and global companies to deliver applications designed for the cloud that will help fuel economic development across the country.
“This is the latest on our list of AWS Regions in Europe and the Middle East, which includes existing regions in Bahrain, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK as well. than developing regions in Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, ”said Peter DeSantis, senior vice president of global infrastructure, AWS.
“The new region is a continuation of our investment to support businesses of all kinds, help startups grow and grow, enable the development of technical skills and create cloud literacy,” continued DeSantis. “Cloud technology is at the heart of the Israeli government’s digital transformation agenda, and their approach underscores the importance of setting a solid course for cloud adoption and leading by example in reinventing citizen services. “
AWS, considered the world’s leading provider of cloud services, explained in its announcement the structure of its global data center network and its benefits for users. “AWS Regions are made up of Availability Zones, which place the infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations at a sufficient distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customer business continuity, while being close enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that operate multiple Availability Zones: Globally, AWS has 81 Availability Zones in 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 21 additional Availability Zones and seven regions AWS in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
“Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones and multiple regions for even more fault tolerance.
“The addition of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region will allow local customers with data residency requirements to store their data in Israel with the assurance that they retain control over the location of their data. Organizations using this region will also be able to access advanced technologies from the global cloud leader with the broadest and most comprehensive suite of cloud services to drive innovation including analytics, compute, databases, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, mobile services, storage, etc.
Like other cloud companies, AWS has provided a list of some of its most important customers, including Bank Leumi, Migdal, CyberArk, Fiverr, monday.com, Hashavshevet (Wizsoft), Rami Levy Group and the Medical Center Sourasky in Tel Aviv (Ichilov Hospital).
AWS has a Partner Network (APN) made up of tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (IS) around the world. AWS Partners create innovative solutions and services on AWS, and APN helps by providing sales, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. APN SIs, Consulting Partners and Independent Software Vendors working in Israel help enterprises and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications and provide a full range of monitoring, automation services and management for customer environments on AWS.
According to the company’s announcement, AWS Israel partners include Alcide, AllCloud, AppsFlyer, Automat-IT, BigPanda, Bringg, Checkmarx, CloudBuzz, Matrix CloudZone, Comm-IT, Continuity Software, CloudRide, DoIT International, Guardicore, Kaltura , MidLink, Namogoo, Nice, Orca Security, Perimeter81, Quali, Radware, Sapiens, TeraSky and Trax Retail.
The collaboration with AllCloud, for example, was reported in December 2020 and includes an investment of some $ 30 million in moving Israeli businesses to AWS cloud services.
The regional cloud represents a continuation of AWS’s business in Israel, which includes Amazon CloudFront edge locations. Amazon CloudFront is described as “a highly secure and programmable content delivery network (CDN) that accelerates delivery of data, videos, applications, and APIs to users around the world with low latency and transfer speeds.” high ”.
In 2020, AWS also launched AWS Outposts and AWS Direct Connect in Israel. AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that delivers the same AWS infrastructure, same AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any data center, colocation space, or on-premises facility for a truly cohesive hybrid experience. AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection between customers’ on-premises infrastructure and AWS infrastructure. With AWS Direct Connect, customers can establish private connectivity between AWS and their data center, office, or colocation environment, which can lower their network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and deliver a network experience. more consistent than Internet connections. “
The company also mentioned its AWS Activate program for cooperating with startups in Israel, which has been operational since 2013. “This program gives startups access to advice and one-on-one interviews with AWS experts as well as a Online training, Fast-paced labs, customer support, third-party offerings, and up to $ 100,000 in AWS service credits – all at no cost. This is in addition to the work AWS is already doing with the venture capital community, startup accelerators and incubators to help In Israel, AWS works with accelerator organizations such as 8200 EISP, F2 Venture Capital – thejunction and TechStars as well. than with venture capitalists like Aleph, Pitango, TLV Partners and Viola Ventures to support the rapid growth of their portfolio companies, ”the AWS announcement said.
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