AWS's Kevin Miller Discusses AI, Sustainability, and Expansion in the MENAT Region

AWS's Kevin Miller Discusses AI, Sustainability, and Expansion in the MENAT Region

Kevin Miller, Vice President of Global Data Centres at Amazon Web Services (AWS), shares insights into the company's strategic expansions, innovative technologies, and sustainability initiatives in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) region. With substantial investments and new data centers, AWS is poised to drive the region's digital transformation and economic diversification.

Strategic Expansions in MENAT

AWS has announced significant expansions, including new data centers across the MENAT region. These efforts align with AWS's broader strategy to support the region’s digital transformation and economic diversification goals.

“Our upcoming AWS infrastructure Region in Saudi Arabia is a key part of our strategy,”

said Miller. This new Region, expected to be operational by 2026, represents a planned $5.3 billion investment and will consist of three Availability Zones. This expansion supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, aiming to diversify the economy and promote technological innovation.

The new Region will enable organizations to run workloads and store data locally, reducing latency and enhancing performance and security. AWS’s infrastructure in the Middle East already includes Regions in Bahrain and the UAE, along with Local Zones and CloudFront edge locations in several countries, ensuring robust and scalable support for local businesses.

Addressing Regional Challenges and Opportunities

The MENAT region presents unique challenges and opportunities for AWS. According to a recent study by Telecom Advisory Services, accelerated adoption of cloud services could unlock $733.1 billion of additional economic value in the Middle East and North Africa by 2033. As countries in the region strive to diversify their economies, AWS is fostering innovation across various sectors, including healthcare, education, and finance.

“We are seeing growing interest in AI, ML, and the Internet of Things (IoT) from organizations in the region,”

Miller noted. AWS offers a range of specialized services to meet the evolving needs of businesses, backed by internationally recognized certifications and compliance standards. AWS supports 143 security standards and compliance certifications, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory agency around the globe.

Advancing Generative AI with Strategic Partnerships

AWS’s recent $4 billion investment in Anthropic aims to advance generative AI technologies. This partnership is expected to benefit AWS customers by combining Anthropic’s expertise in AI with AWS’s robust infrastructure and managed services.

“Together, Amazon and Anthropic are helping global organizations deploy generative artificial intelligence,”

Miller explained. AWS’s infrastructure, including Trainium and Inferentia chips, plays a crucial role in supporting these advancements, offering better price performance and energy efficiency.

Transforming Industries with AI

Generative AI, powered by AWS’s services like Amazon Bedrock, is transforming industries worldwide. Over 100,000 global customers across various sectors, including Adidas, the New York Stock Exchange, Pfizer, Ryanair, and Toyota, are using AWS AI and ML services to reinvent customer experiences. In the UAE, GEMS Education has developed an integrated educational technology platform called LearnOS using AWS AI and ML services, significantly improving operational efficiencies and personalized learning experiences.

Commitment to Sustainability

AWS is committed to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 as part of its goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. The company has invested in numerous renewable energy projects worldwide, including solar and wind farms.

“AWS has over 500 renewable energy projects globally, representing 28 gigawatts of clean energy capacity,”

said Miller.

These initiatives align with regional and national government goals, supporting the UAE’s vision of a sustainable future.

AWS has also launched programs and tools to help customers reduce their environmental impact. The AWS Customer Carbon Footprint Tool provides detailed insights into carbon emissions, enabling customers to make informed decisions to optimize their workloads for sustainability.

Supporting the UAE’s Digital Transformation

AWS is playing a pivotal role in supporting the UAE’s ambitious digital transformation goals. The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region is estimated to support nearly 6,000 full-time jobs annually at external vendors through an investment of AED 20.1 billion ($5.47 billion), with an estimated economic impact on the UAE’s GDP of AED 41 billion ($11.16 billion) by 2037.

AWS is also committed to building local capacity and expertise in cloud computing through training and certification programs like AWS Academy and AWS Educate. These programs equip students, developers, and IT professionals in the UAE with the skills needed to thrive in a digital economy.

With its strategic expansions, innovative AI technologies, and commitment to sustainability, AWS is set to play a transformative role in the MENAT region’s digital future. Kevin Miller’s insights highlight AWS’s dedication to supporting regional goals and driving technological advancements that benefit businesses and communities alike.

News Source: Gulf Business

Maryam Pervez

Written by Maryam Pervez

Maryam is the Managing Editor at HiDubai, bringing 8+ years of expertise in marketing, social media, and content development. She holds a Master's degree in Marketing Comms from Middlesex University.
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