Amazon Web Services expanding in northern Virginia, plans to hire 500

sponsor-aws-300x111Amazon.com is expanding its footprint in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announcing today that the company’s Amazon Web Services unit plans to open a new office in Herndon, Virginia area. The expansion could add as many as 500 engineering and IT jobs in the area, and it comes about two months after AWS reportedly struck a deal with the CIA for cloud services valued at $600 million.

Northern Virginia also is the site of one of Amazon’s primary data centers, one that has repeatedly been the source of outages.

“Amazon Web Services is a perfect example of a company that can take full advantage of the highly skilled workforce and technology community that Fairfax County offers,” said Gerald L. Gordon,CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The company will be able to provide its cloud-based services to a wide variety of clients. Fairfax County is proud to be home to such a world-class company.”

The new facility comes amid a major expansion by the Seattle-based company as it expands into media, devices, cloud infrastructure and more. It now has more than 91,300 employees worldwide, an increase of 39 percent in the past 12 months.

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