Amazon Web Services Cape Town region goes live

Johnatan56

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Pricing now available on: https://calculator.aws/#/createCalculator

EDIT: Region is added, pricing is not:
View attachment 826729
EDIT2:
pricing for standard:
t3.nano
Memory: 0.5 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.0068
std reserved hourly cost:
0.0043

t3.micro
Memory: 1 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.0136
std reserved hourly cost:
0.0085
t3.small
Memory: 2 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.0271
std reserved hourly cost:
0.0171
t3.medium
Memory: 4 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.0542
std reserved hourly cost:
0.0342
t3.large
Memory: 8 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.1085
std reserved hourly cost:
0.0683
m5.large
Memory: 8 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.127
std reserved hourly cost: 0.08

m5d.large
Memory: 8 GiB
vCPUs: 2
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.15
std reserved hourly cost: 0.095

t3.xlarge
Memory: 16 GiB
vCPUs: 4
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.217
std reserved hourly cost:
0.1367
m5.xlarge
Memory: 16 GiB
vCPUs: 4
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.254
std reserved hourly cost: 0.16
m5d.xlarge
Memory: 16 GiB
vCPUs: 4
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.3
std reserved hourly cost: 0.189
t3.2xlarge
Memory: 32 GiB
vCPUs: 8
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.4339
std reserved hourly cost:
0.2734
m5.2xlarge
Memory: 32 GiB
vCPUs: 8
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.508
std reserved hourly cost: 0.32
m5d.2xlarge
Memory: 32 GiB
vCPUs: 8
on-demand
hourly cost: 0.6
std reserved hourly cost: 0.378

m5.4xlarge
Memory: 64 GiB
vCPUs: 16
on-demand
hourly cost: 1.016
std reserved hourly cost: 0.64
m5d.4xlarge
Memory: 64 GiB
vCPUs: 16
on-demand
hourly cost: 1.2
std reserved hourly cost: 0.756
m5.8xlarge
Memory: 128 GiB
vCPUs: 32
on-demand
hourly cost: 2.032
std reserved hourly cost: 1.28
m5d.8xlarge
Memory: 128 GiB
vCPUs: 32
on-demand
hourly cost: 2.4
std reserved hourly cost: 1.512
m5.12xlarge
Memory: 192 GiB
vCPUs: 48
on-demand
hourly cost: 3.048
std reserved hourly cost: 1.92
m5d.12xlarge
Memory: 192 GiB
vCPUs: 48
on-demand
hourly cost: 3.6
std reserved hourly cost: 2.268
m5.16xlarge
Memory: 256 GiB
vCPUs: 64
on-demand
hourly cost: 4.064
std reserved hourly cost: 2.56
m5d.16xlarge
Memory: 256 GiB
vCPUs: 64
on-demand
hourly cost: 4.8
std reserved hourly cost: 3.024
m5.24xlarge
Memory: 384 GiB
vCPUs: 96
on-demand
hourly cost: 6.096
std reserved hourly cost: 3.84
m5.metal
Memory: 384 GiB
vCPUs: 96
on-demand
hourly cost: 6.096
std reserved hourly cost: 3.84
m5d.metal
Memory: 384 GiB
vCPUs: 96
on-demand
hourly cost: 7.2
std reserved hourly cost: 4.536

m5d.24xlarge
Memory: 384 GiB
vCPUs: 96
on-demand
hourly cost: 7.2
std reserved hourly cost: 4.536
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rpm

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Statement from Werner Vogels: CTO & VP of Amazon.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the opening of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region.

With this launch, AWS now spans 73 Availability Zones within 23 geographic regions around the world, and has announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones across four more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

Starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations can run their applications and serve end-users in Africa with even lower latency and leverage advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation. Customers and partners can get started today at: https://aws.amazon.com/local/africa/cape-town/

“The cloud is positively transforming lives and businesses across Africa and we are honored to be a part of that transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services.

“We have a long history in South Africa and have been working to support the growth of the local technology community for over 15 years. In that time, builders, developers, entrepreneurs, and organisations have asked us to bring an AWS Region to Africa and today we are answering these requests by opening the Cape Town Region. We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that will result from African organisations building in the cloud.”

The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region has three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones, which each comprise of one or more data centres and are located in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications.

Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault-tolerance. Like all AWS infrastructure regions around the world, the Availability Zones in the Cape Town Region are equipped with back-up power to ensure continuous and reliable power availability to maintain operations during electrical failures and load shedding in the country.

AWS infrastructure regions meet the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection. With the new region, customers with data residency requirements, and those looking to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), can now store their content in South Africa with the assurance that they retain complete ownership of their data and it will not move unless they choose to move it.

AWS continues to invest in Africa

The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region adds to Amazon’s ongoing investment in South Africa. Amazon first established a presence in Cape Town, setting up a Development Centre in 2004, to build pioneering technologies focused on networking, next-generation software for customer support, the technology behind Amazon EC2, and much more.

In 2015, Amazon expanded its presence in the country, opening an AWS office in Johannesburg, with significant and growing teams of account managers, business development managers, customer services representatives, partner managers, professional services consultants, solutions architects, technical account managers, and many more to help customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud.

In 2017, the Amazon Global Network expanded to Africa through AWS Direct Connect, and in 2018, Amazon established its first infrastructure on the African continent, launching Amazon CloudFront locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, followed in 2020 by an edge location in Nairobi, Kenya.

Developers and businesses can access the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region beginning today. A full list of services and details on pricing is available at https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/regional-product-services/
 

Johnatan56

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Seems to be live with nice pings

Code:
> ping ec2.af-south-1.amazonaws.com
PING ec2.af-south-1.amazonaws.com (99.78.128.100): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 99.78.128.100: icmp_seq=0 ttl=236 time=4.266 ms
64 bytes from 99.78.128.100: icmp_seq=1 ttl=236 time=4.023 ms
64 bytes from 99.78.128.100: icmp_seq=2 ttl=236 time=5.818 ms
64 bytes from 99.78.128.100: icmp_seq=3 ttl=236 time=3.445 ms
64 bytes from 99.78.128.100: icmp_seq=4 ttl=236 time=4.422 ms
Ping statistics for 99.78.128.100:
Packets: Sent = 22, Received = 22, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 2ms, Maximum = 5ms, Average = 2ms
Seems to be good, my teraco instance via datakeepers (lowest package though and that server is running other stuff):
Code:
Ping statistics for (my server)
    Packets: Sent = 10, Received = 10, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 2ms, Maximum = 3ms, Average = 2ms
On FF.
 

Gnome

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Ping a t3.micro:

Code:
PING ec2-instance-ip.af-south-1.compute.amazonaws.com (instance-ip): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=0 ttl=238 time=4.559 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=1 ttl=238 time=3.852 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=2 ttl=238 time=4.260 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=3 ttl=238 time=3.843 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=4 ttl=238 time=7.247 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=5 ttl=238 time=2.810 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=6 ttl=238 time=4.260 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=7 ttl=238 time=4.634 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=8 ttl=238 time=3.269 ms
64 bytes from instance-ip: icmp_seq=9 ttl=238 time=3.444 ms
^C
--- ec2-instance-ip.af-south-1.compute.amazonaws.com ping statistics ---
10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 2.810/4.218/7.247/1.150 ms

I'm in Cape Town connecting over Cybersmart
 

Gnome

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That's no good. Also doesn't help being charged in USD with the exchange rate volatility - you never know what you're going to end up paying.

Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking

I'm guessing this is why, must be more expensive to get this in SA.

I'm hoping they will launch Lightsail soon. At least that way you can get a guaranteed $5 or less a month.

Realistically at this point, the Cpt data center is not aimed at people that frown at spending $5-$10 a month, so I expect it'll take some time to come down :(

S3 is very attractive even at the slightly higher price
 
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WAslayer

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S3 is very attractive even at the slightly higher price tho

No doubt.. R 0.52 per GB at current exchange rate to store up to 50TB of data in the cloud at R 0.11 in per 1000 requests to get it there, all assuming you go for Standard storage class..
 

SauRoNZA

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Is it possible to PING the local AWS node to test if CDN content is served locally?

Content will only be served locally when people who make use of the service decide to make it available locally as it costs money to host every additional region.
 

Thor

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Do we know where the DC is or if they are using existing providers?
 

ranger

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The AWS Blog post includes some details that aren't yet reflected in other pages (e.g. services that are currently available):

 

ranger

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Statement from Werner Vogels: CTO & VP of Amazon.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the opening of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region.

The blog post on Werner's blog:

 

Franna

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Content will only be served locally when people who make use of the service decide to make it available locally as it costs money to host every additional region.

Thanks for the clarification. Will take it up with the service provider (Smartsheet).
 
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