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AWS latency boost from Local Zones

February 17, 2022

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed plans to launch new AWS Local Zones in 32 new metropolitan areas in 26 countries around the world. It already has Zones in 16 US cities.

AWS Local Zones leverage computer, storage, database, and other AWS services at the edge of the cloud near large population, industry and IT centres—enabling customers to deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency closer to end users or on-premises data centres. AWS Local Zones allow customers to use core AWS services locally while connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions with the same elasticity, pay-as-you-go model, application programming interfaces (APIs) and toolsets.

Local Zones will launch in Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Berlin, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chennai, Copenhagen, Delhi, Hanoi, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Kolkata, Lima, Lisbon, Manila, Munich, Nairobi, Oslo, Perth, Prague, Querétaro, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna and Warsaw over the next two years says AWS.

“The edge of the cloud is expanding and is now becoming available virtually everywhere,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services at AWS. “Thousands of AWS customers using US-based AWS Local Zones are able to optimise low-latency applications designed specifically for their industries and the use cases of their customers. With the success of our first Local Zones in 16 US cities, we are expanding to more locations for our customers around the world who have asked for these same capabilities to push the edge of cloud services to new places.”

With AWS Local Zones, Netflix has migrated a portion of its content creation process to AWS and says that it is excited about the expansion of AWS Local Zones globally, which brings cloud resources closer to creators.

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