Amazon has made the decision to open a new AWS Region in Switzerland as businesses announce layoffs. The opening of the AWS Region is good news for job seekers because it will probably result in the creation of 2,500 full-time jobs each year at outside companies in the Swiss data centre supply chain.
Amazon plans to invest $5.9 billion into the Swiss economy through 2036 in addition to the new jobs that should be created, at least based on the company’s economic impact study. The so-called AWS Europe (Zurich) Region will raise Switzerland’s GDP by $16.3 billion over the following 15 years.
Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services at AWS, commented on the news:
“With the help of AWS, thousands of commercial, nonprofit, and public sector organisations in Switzerland—from startups and midsized businesses to enterprises and government organizations—are engaging their end users and expanding internationally. We now have seven AWS Regions and 21 Availability Zones spread out across Europe, including Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, and now Zurich. Our investment in supporting customers of all types, assisting startups in scaling and growing, facilitating the development of technical skills, and assisting businesses in developing cloud-powered applications that reinvent services for end users is continuing with this.
According to Amazon, the $5.9 billion investment will go toward building data centers, operational costs for utilities and facilities, and the acquisition of goods and services from local companies. Additionally, the funds will support 2,500 full-time jobs each year, mostly in the fields of engineering, telecommunications, construction, and facility maintenance.