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Amazon to build smaller 'local' data centers in Asia-Pacific

Strategy aims to better serve region as 'data sovereignty' laws impact business

Inside an Amazon Web Services data center. (Photo courtesy of AWS)

SINGAPORE -- Amazon plans to complement its network of massive data centers in the Asia-Pacific region by building smaller "local zones," the e-commerce company's cloud services arm told Nikkei Asia.

Amazon Web Services offers clients a range of digital capabilities, such as data storage and processing. Like its major competitors -- including U.S.-based Microsoft and Google, and Chinese giants Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent -- it has been racing to build large, multibillion-dollar data centers in Asia.

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