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Amazon datacentre growth over time
Amazon has continued to invest in datacentres to accommodate the growth of its cloud. As of 2012, the company has a datacentre presence in every major global region excluding the Middle East and Oceania. Its infrastructure is most heavily concentrated on the east coast of the US, though its Irish-based European footprint is growing as well.
Because each region can have multiple availability zones, which themselves can be entire datacentres or multiple datacentres, determining the exact number of Amazon facilities is difficult. However, Amazon's capital investments are growing each time it announces new regions, suggesting that the facilities are becoming more sophisticated, or are getting progressively larger.
Along with its datacentres, the company has been cultivating a broad set of edge locations across the world. Recent industry speculation has focused on Germany as the next likely candidate for an AWS region and corresponding datacentre, due to the country's stringent data protection laws.
Data: Amazon; Image credit: Charles McLellan/ZDNet