Amazon Web Services Obtains Overseas Investment Office Clearance for Auckland Data Center

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pushing ahead with plans to build a giant $7.5 billion data center in Auckland, after receiving clearance from the Overseas Investment Office.

The global giant said the decision was an “important step,” said AWS Country Manager Tiffany Bloomquist.
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The global giant said the decision was an “important step” and brings it closer to providing world-class IT services to New Zealand.

“Our investment includes building data centers, purchasing regional goods and services, operating utilities and facilities, and supporting wages and salaries that contribute to the local economy,” Tiffany said. Bloomquist, Country Director of AWS.

The major investment would create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, Bloomquist said, saying it would add about $10.8 billion to the local economy over the next 15 years.

The centers would provide cloud-based data storage facilities, so they could be accessed more quickly by local organizations.

Bloomquist said the facilities would help build digital skills and accelerate innovation.

“According to research commissioned by AWS and conducted by Alpha Beta, one million more New Zealand workers, or 35% of the country’s total workforce, will need digital skills training for their jobs in the future. next year.

“The nation is making tremendous strides in its digital transformation journey, and we are committed to strengthening our presence in the global digital economy by making our world-class infrastructure more easily accessible to all Kiwis.”

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