Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Local Zones in Argentina, Denmark, Finland, and Oman. The company has now launched a total of eight international Local Zones outside the US.
Local Zones act as Edge locations to host applications that require low latency to end-users or on-premises installations. Each zone offers services such as compute, storage, and database, close to population centers for latency-sensitive applications, usually where Amazon doesn't have an existing data center footprint.
“AWS Local Zones are now available in four new metro areas—Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Muscat,” the company said this week. “You can now use these Local Zones to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency or local data processing.”
First launched in 2019, AWS had previously concentrated its Local Zone rollout in the US. However, at the turn of the year the company announced plans to launch the service in 32 cities across 26 markets internationally.
In early October, AWS launched its first international Local Zones in Delhi, India, and Taipei, Taiwan. Later that month, the company launched its first zones in Europe in Hamburg, Germany, and Warsaw, Poland.
Taipei and Muscat were not on the list of cities published in February, but the company said it had plans for ‘hundreds’ of Edge locations in the future.
AWS has 17 Local Zones in 16 metros in the US: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (x2), Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle.
Despite multiple requests from DCD, AWS hasn't detailed what facilities the Local Zones sit within or what compute infrastructure they use.
AWS also has 29 Wavelength Zones – which embeds AWS compute and storage services at the Edge of communications service providers’ 5G networks – across seven countries. The company has partnered with the likes of Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI, SK Telecom, and Bell Canada.
Amazon also has its EdgeFront content delivery network (CDN), which spans more than 310 Points of Presence in more than 90 cities across 47 countries.
The company this week launched AWS Outposts in Qatar, Guatemala, and Trinidad & Tobago. These are racks that can be shipped and installed at your data center and on-premises locations.
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