Amazon(s amzn) has announced the launch of a new development center for cloud technologies in Germany, with locations in both Berlin and Dresden.
According to a statement from the company, the 70-plus engineers that Amazon will hire will work on technologies for supporting various hypervisors, management tools and operating systems. This is effectively a major expansion of the development team Amazon has already had in Germany since buying Berlin-based Peritor last year – a purchase that led to the release of the OpsWorks devops toolkit this February.
The engineers, who will be hired over the next year, will also develop machine learning technologies to be used across Amazon’s business.
“Locating the development of key parts of the Amazon Web Services cloud in Germany speaks to the broad set of talent here and the investment we are making in the country,” the managing co-directors of the new Amazon Development Center Germany, Ralf Herbrich and Chris Schlaeger, said in a statement.
Amazon’s big European data center is located in Dublin, Ireland, although it also has a couple of edge locations in Germany (Frankfurt, to be precise) for content delivery purposes. The company also already has teams of AWS sales and business personnel in Germany.
UPDATE: Someone who would know says:
@superglaze they've already been hard at hiring machine learning folks the last 2 months.
— mikiobraun (@mikiobraun) May 3, 2013