The AWS Cape Town region was officially launched and is available from 22 April 2020. There are three availability zones (af-south-1a, af-south-1b, af-south-1c) and we have created test workloads in Cape Town.
Key Considerations for running workloads in Cape Town:
- AFRICA - This has created local jobs and will have a profoundly positive impact in our country and on our economy. Something to support and be immensely proud of.
- CONNECTIVITY - takes away (mostly) the dependency on International SeaCom lines and provides National connectivity. Note that this is mostly the case, but some services do need international access.
- LATENCY - There will undoubtedly be latency improvements in speed. We'll need to measure these but we can expect some significant improvements.
- SCOPE OF SERVICES -Not all services are available in Cape Town. Here is the list of available services.
- COSTS - You can expect costs in the AWS region to be higher than other regions. This is simply due to the higher costs of hosting in this region. For example S3 costs in Ireland are $0.023/GB whilst in Cape Town it is $0.0274.
- READINESS - At this stage, we would advise that it is used for non-production workloads whilst the central team perform some tests and monitoring of the environment.
- SUPPORT - Much of the region information in terms of documentation and general descriptions are not yet in place.
Autumn Leaf and Obsidian are an official AWS partner supporting the AWS Africa region. If anyone has any questions regarding the region, please feel free to contact our team.
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