Amazon Web Services announced on Thursday that it will be creating 30 new AWS Local Zones across the world– including in Greece.
AWS Local Zones are a form of AWS infrastructure deployment that provides computation, storage, and other cloud services closer to customers, which allows them to run applications using AWS so that their end users can experience their products faster.
Amazon executives had a meeting with Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday to discuss the plan.
The discussion was held online with AWS Vice President for Global Public Policy Michael Punke, who congratulated the prime minister on the great strides that Greece has made in a very short space of time.
Mitsotakis stressed that Greece is changing rapidly and becoming a hub for investments in high technology. He said it was very encouraging that major global players were choosing Greece as a place to establish a permanent presence.
He said the investment was “one more vote of confidence in the prospects of the Greek economy” and spoke about the great efforts being made for the digitalization of the Greek state.
“We have a ‘cloud first’ policy and we intend to establish Greece as a center for data storage. The government is fully aligned to support this vision and I am very happy that you are responding to this and that you will significantly increase your presence in Greece,” he said.
According to a government announcement, Greece will be the site of one of 11 AWS Local Zones that the company is planning to establish in Europe, confirming the country’s position as a regional technology hub, where major companies make strategic investments in infrastructure that will support the fourth industrial revolution and the economy of the future.
Punke said Greece was chosen partly because of the government’s meticulous work in the preparatory process but also because of the change seen in the Greek economy compared to the previous decade. He congratulated the prime minister for his leading role in Greece’s progress and the efforts toward digitalization.
The countries that will have Local Zones in 2022 are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and South Africa.
Amazon Web Services previously expanded its operations in Athens
The presence of Greece in AWS’s Local Zones is not surprising, as AWS has expanded its relationship with the country significantly in 2021.
The IT subsidiary opened an office in Greece’s capital city last Spring, after previously opening a CloudFront location in the city.
The addition of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) office is seen as another important development that grew out of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2020 with the country’s Ministry of Digital Governance.
Amazon says that the addition of these on-the-ground services will help Greece compete by building a modern economy powered by cloud computing.
Cameron Brooks, the director of Public Sector, Europe, at Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that he was “impressed by how the city nurtures its innovators and reinvents itself thanks to technology, placing Greece at the forefront of the digital economy.”
The office supports organizations of all sizes — startups, enterprises, and public sector agencies — as they make the transition to the cloud.
“Teams of AWS account managers, partner managers, solutions architects, and many other functions are already supporting Greek customers to run everything from development and test environments to big data analytics, mobile, web, social, enterprise business applications, Internet of Things (IoT), and mission-critical workloads,” Brooks said.
Vibrant user group in Athens
AWS counts some of Greece’s fastest-growing and most well-known startups and businesses as customers including Beat, Deepsea Technologies, futurehome.gr, Madinad, Marpoint, Money Market, Orfium, Omilia, PAOK FC, Qivos, Spitogatos, Voiceland, Wind Hellas, Workathlon, and Xrysi Eukairia, as well as public sector organizations.
AWS also has a vibrant Greek user group in Athens, with hundreds of members that organize local meetups for developers to share best practices, knowledge, and to network among peers. Those looking to join the AWS Greece user group can visit their own site, here.