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CALGARY – Amazon has announced plans to open a second cloud computing server hub in Canada at the end of 2023, which will result in multi-billion dollar investments in the years to come.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud division, says the new hub will be based in the Calgary area to provide better service to Western Canada. Its other hub is located in the Montreal area.

The company wouldn’t say how many Amazon employees will work directly on the new server cluster, but says the project will maintain an estimated annual average of 409 direct jobs by 2037 through construction, facility maintenance, electricity needs and other support services.

He also declined to provide the estimated initial investment costs for the Calgary hub, but said he plans to invest $ 4.3 billion by 2037 in the region through construction, costs of utilities and the purchase of goods and services from local businesses.

Amazon Web Services says it spent more than $ 1.4 billion between 2016 and 2021 to set up and operate its Montreal data center, and that overall the company plans to invest $ 21 billion in here 2037 in the existing infrastructure and the new facility in Alberta.

Eric Gales, director of AWS in Canada, says the investments come as the company sees growing interest in cloud computing services in a wide variety of industries.

“These investments we are making in additional infrastructure support the rapid growth we continue to experience with the adoption of AWS in Canada,” he said in a telephone interview.

He says the company chose Calgary because it is well located in Western Canada, is connected to national and international infrastructure and provides access to renewable energy that will enable the company meet its emission reduction targets.

“We are committed in Canada to having all of our AWS and Amazon infrastructure powered by renewable energy by 2025, and we are on track to meet that goal. “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press


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