AWS confirms $10bn Mississippi data centre development  


According to AWS, the company has already invested over $108 billion in cloud computing infrastructure in the US  

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has confirmed that it is behind a $10 billion data centre development in Mississippi that was revealed by state legislature last week. The investment, which will see the construction of two data centres, is reportedly the largest investment in the state’s history. 

In a blog post published last week, Amazon outlined its plans for the project – dubbed Project Atlas –saying the two new data centre complexes would span 1,700 acres of land and  create around 1,000 new jobs.  

The data centres are expected to be operational by 2027. 

The project has financial backing from the Mississippi state government, which will invest $44 million in the project (primarily in workforce training), as well as $215.1 million in upgrading local public infrastructure to meet the new developments requirements. 

According to the post, AWS has invested over $108 billion in the US across varying industries to support their digital transformations. AWS’s investment in Mississippi began in 2010 and already totals over$2.3 billion, with related projects including in solar farms, wind farms, and fulfilment centres. 

“It’s the single largest capital investment that has ever been made in the state of Mississippi – by a lot,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves in a statement. 

The investment will “tap into the burgeoning tech sector across the state to create new, well-paying jobs and boost the state’s Gross Domestic Product each year. We look forward to delivering new workforce development opportunities and educational programs that support the next generation of talent across the Magnolia State,” added Roger Wehner, AWS director of economic development. 

The announcement comes just days after AWS announced a $15 billion investment in Japan’s cloud computing infrastructure by 2027. This investment will go towards strengthening and expanding existing facilities in Tokyo and Osaka to meet growing consumer demand. This, AWS say, is vital for the support of future AI services such as generative AI. 

Last May, AWS also announced a major investment in India, pledging $12.7 billion in the country’s data centre market by 2030. 

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