Denmark's Danske Bank has signed a multi-year cloud contract with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As part of the company's tech transformation strategy dubbed Forward'28, the bank will be migrating some of its legacy applications, data, and infrastructure to AWS from its existing private cloud.

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This will include systems for business, institutional and personal customers, and will see more than 16,000 physical and virtual servers, and 1,000 applications being migrated.

Danske Bank said it will "leverage AWS's full range of cloud technologies," including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and generative AI solutions.

“We are and continue to be a leading bank in a digital age, and therefore we are investing significantly in digitalization and technology to provide a better banking experience and drive operational efficiency," said Frans Woelders, COO of Danske Bank. "Our customers are becoming increasingly digital, and we focus on addressing their expectations for online services and on becoming a simple, efficient, and secure bank in line with our Forward’28 strategy."

According to Woelders, working with AWS will enable the bank's developers to build, test, and launch services faster and in compliance with security, regulatory, and sustainability requirements.

The company will also be providing 1,500 of its employees with AWS training.

Danske Bank publicly announced that it would be using more public cloud technology in May 2022, at the time naming AWS as an example, saying: "This grants us access to the latest innovations – without having to reinvent the wheel ourselves each time."

An August 2019 article said that Danske Bank previously hosted its operations in five data centers, and was close to completing a migration, which took four years, to a "modern private cloud environment environment in two data centers." The latest press release does not suggest the company will entirely exit its private cloud.

The bank is also a customer of IBM and Infosys.