Amazon has announced it will be launching 30 new AWS Local Zones in major cities around the world.

It is the first such launch outside the United States, aiming to maintain Amazon’s supremacy in the technology arms race.

The decision was announced by CTO Dr. Werner Vogels during his keynote at the Las Vegas conference.

What AWS Local Zones do

An AWS Local Zone provides customers better regional access to the company’s services, meaning they should encounter faster and more reliable connectivity. This includes tools such as compute, storage and other cloud offerings at lower latency and more effective uptime.

The new AWS Local Zones are launching in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal and South Africa.

They will be available “starting in 2022”, joining 16 Local Zones that have already been launched in the US in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Portland.

The importance for Greece

The Greek government says Amazon’s decision shows the country becomes a hub for high-tech investments, especially in data centers, and important global “players” choose Greece to have a permanent presence.

Prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, had a virtual meeting with AWS Global Public Policy Vice President  Michael Punke before the official announcement. “We have a “cloud first” policy and we intend to establish Greece as a data center” Mitsotakis noted.