Amazon continues to expand its tech empire across America creating 800 jobs

Amazon is continuing to expand its global empire, announcing plans for an expansion of its tech hub in North America, and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) training location in Columbia.

The online retailer has announced plans to create 800 jobs by expanding its tech hub in Austin, Texas.

When the expansion is completed in 2020, the newly created roles will include software and hardware engineers, research scientists and cloud computing specialists, working largely on its AWS, Amazon devices and Amazon Business arms.

It is also understood that many of the newly created roles will be working on video game design, adding weight to rumours Amazon is considering its own cloud gaming platform.

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“In the last four years, we have created more than 1,000 jobs in Austin,” general manager of its Austin tech hub Terry Leeper said.

“With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city.”

In a further effort to beef up its technological capabilities, Amazon said yesterday it will launch a Latin American infrastructure location in Columbia, called Edge.

In partnership with the country’s public technical education institute, Edge will train 2000 students in cloud computing.

AWS’ general public sector manager for Latin America Jeffery Kratz told Reuters: “We are excited to continue investing in Latin America’s success.

“This investment will ensure that customers have the tools and services to continue innovating for a positive user experience.”

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