Highlights from AWS Summit in Bahrain

It was inevitable that Amazon would host the next Middle East edition of the AWS Summit in the very country where they’ve setup the Middle East region. Their previous event in Dubai did set the stage for what’s to come. The Bahrain event served as the building block for the uptake of AWS.

Dr. Werner Vogels took the stage in Dubai to lead up the new Middle East region, and now it’s abotu building up the market. Bahrain got to hear from Teresa Carlson, VP Worldwide Public Sector for AWS, who touted many upcoming prospects for the Middle East region

Another addition to the Middle East

What’s the next thing that Amazon could launch to supplement their AWS Middle East region? Well, we could see fully managed service ground station infrastructure to manage data from satellites, courtesy of Teresa Carlson’s announcement.

AWS Ground Station was given a global rollout in May 2019, allowing customers to easily manage access to satellite data. Few of the Middle East countries have already embarked on their own satellite launching programs, supplementing their infrastructure plans. Ground Station would be positioned close to AWS datacenters to reduce latency, removing the hassle of companies to setup their own costly infrasturcture for satellite data access.

Cloud Computing in education

AWS looking to get the Middle East up to speed on the benefits of the cloud. Partnering with the University of Bahrain (UOB), Amazon is launching a new cloud computing degree program. This would be a first in the Middle East, in collaboration with AWS Educate Cloud Degree initiative. This would help prepare the next generation of cloud professionals in the Middle East region.

The new one-year cloud computing 101 certificate will launch in the beginning of 2020. It will initially commence for UOB’s students in the engineering, ICT and business colleges; it will then be offered across all degree courses by 2021.

The four-year bachelor’s degree in cloud computing will rollout in the fall semester of 2020. It will equip students with technical skills and hands-on experiences to prepare them for careers in: cloud architecture, cybersecurity, software development, and DevOps.

On the Horizon

With the Middle East region online, many of the popular apps lavaraging AWS will definitely see improved performance and easy accessability to their data.

Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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