Cloud Giant AWS Undeterred After Brexit

8 July 2016

Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is undeterred after Brexit – the United Kingdom’s recent the referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) – claiming it will go ahead with UK expansion plans regardless.

AWS was established in 2006 and is the leading global cloud services provider. The company provides “highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries”. Its expansion plans include building a UK-based data centre. Gavin Jackson, Managing Director AWS UK - the British arm of AWS – announced the go ahead at the AWS Summit held yesterday (July 7, 2016) at ExCeL London. The data centre is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016.

The good news comes against a backdrop of negativity caused by the Brexit decision. Gartner suggested that leaving the EU would erode business confidence in the UK and have a negative impact on European and global IT spending. Building the center comes alongside AWS’ expansion plans which include new facilities in Montreal, Canada, Ohio, United States, and Ningxia, China.

"Demand for all our services is growing across all Europe. For us it’s business as usual," Bloomberg quoted AWS’ Head of Enterprise Strategy Stephen Orban as saying in Frankfurt yesterday (Thursday 7 July 2016).

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