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Expanding the cloud: Introducing the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region

Apa kabar, Indonesia?

Indonesia is riding a wave of innovation, with some of the region’s most
exciting startups bringing opportunities for growth and economic
empowerment to every segment of the country’s diverse population. And
today, Indonesia’s cloud journey just got more interesting. I’m excited
to share that the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region is now open!

The new AWS Region allows customers to run workloads and securely store
data in Indonesia while serving lower latency to the 277 million
residents across the country’s 17,000 islands. Our planned investment of
$5 billion over the next 15 years is expected to create at least 24,700
jobs and contribute around $10.9 billion to Indonesia’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP). These figures are reason to celebrate, and they’re an
encouraging leap forward for Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Today’s announcement builds on the long-term commitment we made to
Indonesia when we opened our first office in Jakarta back in 2018. AWS
Indonesia has a rapidly growing customer base, and the Jakarta Region
brings our portfolio of services closer to our customers across the
archipelago. In addition to the benefits of having an AWS Region in
Jakarta, customers can rely on our global infrastructure footprint for
security, availability, and performance. The Jakarta Region will join
our nine AWS Regions and 29 Availability Zones already established
across Asia-Pacific countries in Australia, Greater China, India, Japan,
Korea, and Singapore, with more to come. The new Region will also bring
additional infrastructure so that more people can leverage advanced
cloud technologies that will help drive innovation in one of the most
vibrant regions in the world.

“With the availability of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, our
local startups and small medium businesses can utilize the cloud to
foster innovation and boost economic growth,” said Sandiaga Salahuddin
Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy for Indonesia. “The
investment from AWS, as the world’s most widely-adopted cloud provider,
will energize local businesses, support nationwide economic recovery,
open job opportunities across a number of sectors, and propel Indonesia
to become a global digital economy.”

Like other countries, a number of communities in Indonesia have been
significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years.
AWS saw the need and has been working to help communities across the
country. We recently worked with Halodoc, a local health tech startup,
to open a temporary COVID-19 vaccination center to reach 7,500 Karawang
residents and the surrounding community. We also collaborated with
SiCepat, one of our logistics customers, to distribute 2,380 grocery
kits with essential food items to low-income households in the greater
Jakarta area and West Java. In the early months of the pandemic, AWS
worked with Habitat for Humanity to distribute grocery kits, masks, and
hygiene kits to more than 15,000 families in Bekasi and Karawang, West

Indonesian customers across virtually every industry and of every size
(including startups, enterprises, and public sector organizations) are
running every imaginable use case on AWS. They join millions of active
customers using AWS every month in over 190 countries around the world
to accelerate innovation, increase agility, and drive cost savings.
Organizations in Indonesia that have moved their mission-critical
workloads to the cloud include some of the country’s most exciting
brands and most critical institutions. Anter Aja, The ASEAN Foundation,
Bank Commonwealth Indonesia, Dinas Komunikasi dan Informatika Jawa
Barat, Happyfresh, Kompas, Lion Air, MNC Group, Ruparupa.com, Sayurbox,
SiCepat, The Body Shop, Tokopedia, Traveloka, and XL Axiata are just a
few of the organizations based locally whose IT operations will benefit
from the new AWS Jakarta Region.

Tokopedia, a technology company and a leading online marketplace with
over 100 million monthly active users and 11 million merchant partners,
entrusts its mission-critical workloads to AWS. “Indonesia is seeing a
surge in digital adoption and accelerated growth in e-commerce. Cloud
services, such as those provided by AWS, reduce the heavy lifting we
have to do to manage infrastructure, and they allow us to focus on our
customers’ needs. The AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region makes it
possible for us to continue to focus on building and strengthening our
business capabilities while utilizing the best technology in terms of
core computing and technology infrastructure to serve the needs of our
business and customers,” said Herman Widjaja, Chief Technology Officer,

For almost four decades, Sequis Life has been trusted by the Indonesian
market to provide financial protection and investments. “In order to
continuously provide a better customer experience, Sequis Life is using
cloud technologies to undergo a total digital transformation. This way,
we can implement a modern technology stack as the foundation for the
extreme agile development we’re undertaking to digitize our insurance
experience, including the creation of a mobile application that runs on
AWS,” said Marlin Sugama, Chief Digital Officer of Innovation Lab,
Sequis Life. “AWS technology allows us to enhance our services and
improve customer satisfaction with overall speed and ease-of-use. The
new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will get us even closer to our
customers and help us deliver innovative insurance services that meet
their needs.”

Indonesia’s leading optics retailer and manufacturer, Optik Melawai,
drives its retail operations with analytics. “Data is a powerful tool
that we want to introduce to Optik Melawai’s retail business. With the
data lake as the single source of truth, we will be integrating
analytics into our business DNA to make our operations smarter and more
precise,” said Eddyanto Hadisurjo, Managing Director at Optik Melawai.
“AWS analytics tools help us provide data-driven insights into customer
segmentation, product recommendation, and stock forecasting. Through the
new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, we look forward to deepening our
collaboration with AWS.”

As a digital solution provider group, AWS Advanced Consulting Partner
Metrodata helps their customers unlock the full potential of the cloud.
“We have been working closely with AWS since 2013 to help our customers
reduce costs, free up resources to innovate, and further differentiate
their offerings in the market,” said Sjafril Effendi, Director of PT
Metrodata Electronics, Tbk. “With Indonesia being one of the fastest
growing public cloud markets in
there are immense opportunities to digitally transform local businesses
and government organizations to help them benefit from the speed, cost,
and reliability of AWS. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will
enable us to expand our migration and data analytics practices, train
and certify an additional 150 Metrodata technical and sales staff on AWS
solutions, and better serve our 700+ customers.”

We are also helping Indonesia build a highly skilled workforce to fill
the in-demand jobs of the future. We made a commitment to empower
hundreds of thousands of Indonesians from all backgrounds with cloud
proficiency by 2025, in support of the “Freedom of Learning” (Merdeka
national initiative.
Since 2017, AWS has trained over 200,000 individuals in Indonesia
with cloud skills
in collaboration with the Indonesian government and
other agencies, and we look forward to training many more.

Indonesia has bold plans to grow, and its vision for the future is
rightfully ambitious. To set a roadmap for success, the country has
adopted the “Indonesia 2045” vision, pledging to become one of the
world’s top five economies by the time it celebrates 100 years of
independence in 2045. This would be a huge boost not only for the people
of Indonesia, but for the Asia Pacific region. Economists have
maintained a positive
Indonesia’s economy despite the impact of the pandemic. I’m thrilled
that Indonesia welcomed AWS and has allowed us to grow alongside our
customers, and I can’t wait to see what this thriving economy builds
using the cloud.


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