AWS Local Zones, Wavelength, and Outposts: Quick High-Level Overview
From the previous post, you know about AWS Regions and AWS Availability Zones (AZs). Now let’s understand other important related concepts: AWS Local Zones, Wavelength, and Outposts. These concepts are related to AWS Global Infrastructure.
AWS Local Zones, Wavelength, and Outposts are related to AWS Regions and AWS AZs, and help improve the latency of your applications.
AWS Local Zones
If you have highly demanding applications such as media & entertainment content creation, real-time gaming, and machine learning that require single-digit millisecond latencies to your end-users, you have a choice of using AWS Local Zone.
AWS Local Zone location is an extension of an AWS Region where you can run your latency-sensitive applications using AWS service in geographic proximity to end-users. AWS Local Zone helps improve latency by placing compute, storage, database, and other select AWS services closer to end-users.
AWS Local Zones provide a high-bandwidth, secure connection between local workloads and those running in the AWS Region, allowing you to seamlessly connect to the full range of in-region services through the same APIs and toolsets.
Next is AWS Wavelength, which enables developers to build applications that deliver single-digit millisecond latencies to mobile devices and end-users.
AWS Wavelength brings AWS services to the edge of the 5G network, minimizing the latency to connect to an application from a mobile device.
For example, application traffic can reach application servers running in Wavelength Zones without leaving the mobile provider’s network. This reduces the extra network hops to the Internet, resulting in latencies of more than 100 milliseconds, preventing customers from taking full advantage of the bandwidth and latency advancements of 5G.
Let’s discuss AWS Outposts now. AWS Outposts bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. As a result, you can use the same AWS APIs, tools, and infrastructure across on-premises and the AWS cloud to deliver a truly consistent hybrid experience. In addition, AWS Outposts is designed for connected environments and can support workloads that need to remain on-premises due to low latency or local data processing needs.
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