AWS Local Zones now GA in Boston, Houston and Miami
The new AWS Local Zones are now generally available for use in Boston, Houston, and Miami, and Amazon Web Services plans to launch a dozen more later this year.
A newer type of infrastructure deployment and expansion of an AWS Cloud Region, an AWS Local Zone brings compute, storage, database, and other AWS services closer to a large population, to l industry and data centers, allowing customers to locally run applications that require a single-digit millisecond. latency in geographic proximity to end users.
AWS local zones are a great way for customers to get latency-sensitive workloads on a managed cloud platform without any on-premises infrastructure, according to Eamonn O’Neill, co-founder and chief customer officer at Lemongrass, an Atlanta-based AWS Premier Consulting Partner. that helps large and midsize businesses migrate and run their SAP applications on AWS.
“For our customers, the new zones could help in some use cases such as manufacturing runtime systems, which connect tightly to both central SAP on AWS and to physical production lines,” O ‘said Neill. “This again demonstrates how AWS manages its solutions based on changing customer demand.”
AWS now has five local zones after launching its first in Los Angeles for end users in the Southern California region in December 2019 and added a second last August.
Each AWS local zone is a “child” of a particular “parent” region and is managed by the region’s control plane. The AWS US East Cloud Region in northern Virginia is the parent region of the three new local zones in Boston, Houston, and Miami.
The new AWS local zones will dramatically improve the capabilities of real-time interactions, said Jimmy Chui, director of customer success at ClearScale, a cloud systems integrator in San Francisco and AWS Premier Consulting Partner.
“Systems that provide interfaces to control devices, such as remote activities via robotics – medical / manufacturing / IoT devices – will benefit from greater ease of use,” Chui said. “High interactivity applications such as games and securities trading will improve. AWS Local Zones will also bring customers closer to the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, enabling deep data processing on the fly, unlike the partially asynchronous experience customers have today. “
Local area use cases can be grouped into two categories, according to Jeff Barr, AWS “chief evangelist”. They include the distributed edge for customers who want to place selected portions of their gaming, social media, and voice assistant applications in multiple geographically disparate locations to provide a low latency experience for their users; and locality for customers requiring access to cloud services in specific locations near their branches and data centers. According to Barr, these latter customers often need to process and store data in a specific geographic region to meet regulatory requirements and frequently use a third-party software VPN appliance on an Amazon EC2 instance to connect to a local zone.
AWS Advanced Technology Partner Ambra Health, a SaaS medical data and image management company in New York City, has a cloud-based medical image management suite used by some of the largest healthcare systems, clinics and practices. radiology and clinical research organizations. Its suite uses local areas to provide radiologists with quick access to high-quality images instead of traditional desktop image viewers.
Couchbase, based in Santa Clara, Calif., Another AWS advanced technology partner that provides a distributed NoSQL cloud database for enterprise applications, uses AWS Local Zones to provide low latency and data access times to a millisecond figure for apps to ensure that developer apps are always available and fast, according to Barr.
“Using local areas with Couchbase’s edge computing capabilities means their customers can store, query, search and analyze data in real time,” he said.
The 12 additional AWS local zones expected this year will be in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle.
“We are also in the process of putting in place plans to expand to other sites, both in the United States and elsewhere,” Barr said today in a blog post. “Over time, we plan to add additional AWS services, including AWS Direct Connect and other types of EC2 instances in these new local zones, all driven by feedback from our customers.”