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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

Amazon Web Services (AWS) spending $2.36 billion (£1.8 billion) on the UK cloud infrastructure devel

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a household name for edge computing. The cloud giant brings in billions of dollars each year in revenue. Over the next two years, they planned to spend $2.36 billion to develop the UK cloud infrastructure.

As the ever-growing IT industry is rolling at full speed in 2022, the cloud giant is expanding its data centres in the UK. According to AWS, the budget will fuel building infrastructure, renewable energy sources and training centres.

However, AWS did not specifically mention if they were constructing new buildings or expanding the current cloud infrastructure. Due to the fact, people will be trained and given the skills to serve a broad customer base; a considerable portion may go towards the construction part.

AWS started its office in the London region back in 2016 and expanded its portfolio. Before the London office, customers depended on Dublin, US East Coast and Frankfurt-based data centres and services. It was not efficient for the cloud giant to conduct business that way.

AWS represents 74 per cent of the total income Amazon gets, and the company aims to open up 24 more data centre clusters. They will be built in eight different areas where these clusters are operated.

On the flip side, Amazon (AMZN) has planned to split its stocks. The stocks will be a 20-for-1 split. As of right now, each stock is going for $3,225 per share. Post-split, it will be around $150 for each share. Professional investors plan to buy at least one entire stock at a company.

But Amazon is an empire itself, and each share price is too costly. Once the split takes place, each shareholder will have an additional 19 stocks. If we go through Amazon’s growth chart, it has been relatively steady. Taking all the matters in calculations will open up new investors to dive in. Again, we are not your financial advisors.

The exact location of the new data centre builds is unknown. Reports suggest that two large data centre building is proposed on former Didcot A PowerStation, Oxford shire, UK. Didcot A was opened in 1970 and was demolished after a couple of decades. At its peak, Didcot A could generate 1,440MW of energy.

The company also filled up the empty seats on future AWS UK locations. Cloud talent is a vast field to jump into right now. The opportunity to serve newly built infrastructure customers can be a challenge. To prepare, AWS prioritised skill and training programs. AWS said they are “committed to investing hundreds of millions of pounds to provide free cloud computing skills training for 29 million people by 2025.”

It seems like AWS is generously pouring its resources to make sure a huge part of European business can benefit directly from the biggest cloud company in the world. AWS is interested in reaching out to people of “all walks of life and all levels of technical knowledge, in more than 200 countries including the UK.” As the UK remains a ground full of opportunities, the cloud provider is “excited by the potential to continue supporting” its customers.

Over the years, AWS will support “customers, partners, and citizens” in the UK. During the pandemic, businesses started migrating to the cloud. The biggest name came to the rescue, with every possible solution and a subscription-based pricing model to adopt smaller enterprises. It skyrocketed the revenue margin for the company.

AWS is a clear go-to for SMBs. On the other hand, Microsoft is offering its enterprise software suite alongside Azure services. Even though AWS is more scaled, Microsoft knocks it down with enterprise customer suite. It is great to have competitors offering their best services, boosting innovation for future edge computing.


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