AWS and Verizon have announced three new locations to their list of Edge computing locations for future streaming and app services.
The three Wavelength Zones are planned for Atlanta, New York City, and Washington DC. Back in August, AWS revealed it was working with Verizon on two other zones in Boston and Silicon Valley. According to AWS, 10 Wavelength Zones are expected to be announced by the end of the year.
Each zone will pair AWS’s cloud compute and storage services with Verizon's 5G mobile networks. Wavelength Zones, according to AWS, enable 5G applications to deliver low latency experiences, like game streaming, virtual reality, and in-venue experiences for live events
It is also expected that applications for financial services can connect to Wavelength Zones to offer traders and analysts faster analysis of fast-moving financial markets.
Wavelength Zones involve physical infrastructure deployments linking AWS to Edge data centers operated by service providers such as Verizon. According to AWS, traffic from any future 5G device could reach servers running in Wavelength Zones without leaving the service provider’s network.
Video game publisher Bethesda, recently acquired by Microsoft, signed up for Wavelength back when the service was first announced in December 2019. With its subsidiary, id Software, it developed game streaming service optimization framework Orion. It is unclear how Bethesda’s acquisition will affect its future business with AWS.
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