Amazon Web Services has just announced the opening of a first Amazon CloudFront edge location in Africa to be based in Johannesburg.
This is good news especially for customers in Africa, as the new edge location will improve availability and performance of content delivery to viewers in the region.
The Edge location in Johannesburg is Amazon CloudFront’s first PoP on the African continent.
The company said in a statement it expect that customers who use Amazon CloudFront to reach viewers in South Africa will see performance improvements of as much as 75% from reduction in latency for their content delivery.
Amazon is also planning to launch a second Amazon CloudFront Edge location in Cape Town in the coming weeks.
The company already has many customers across Africa using AWS to run their mission critical workloads.
For Travelstart, online travel company, web performance plays a central role in delivering a good user experience to its customers.
“With the announcement of a CloudFront Edge location in South Africa, we will not only accelerate our content but also better leverage other service like AWS Shield and AWS WAF to protect us from DDoS and other malicious attacks,” said Jan-André le Roux, CTO at Travelstart.
Afrozaar, a software development company, is another firm excited about the arrival of Edge location in Africa.
“Serving clients in the broadcast, media, and ecommerce industries, the services and applications we build must offer high availability and fast access to data rich content. This is one of the main reasons we have worked with AWS from day one, and this is why we are excited to welcome the new CloudFront Edge locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town,” Clinton Bosch, CTO at Afrozaar .
“What this means is that our customers will now enjoy lower latency and higher data transfer speeds, enabling a faster delivery of news, entertainment, and images to their audiences. CloudFront also integrates effortlessly with our application servers providing an auto-scaling environment that quickly responds to unpredictable traffic surges.”