AWS local zones place certain AWS services (computing, storage, database, and so on) close to large populations, industry, and IT centers. They support applications such as real-time gaming, hybrid migration, and media and entertainment content creation that require a one-digit millisecond delay for end users in a specific geographic area.
Last December, I. told you about our plans launch a total of fifteen AWS local zones in 2021, and also announced a preview of local zones in Boston, Miami, and Houston. Today, I am pleased to announce that these three local zones are now ready to host your production loads by joining an existing pair of local zones in Los Angeles. Like I said original message, each local zone is a child of a specific parent region and is managed by the control level of the region. The parent region of all three of these zones is United States East (N. Virginia).
Use of local zones
To get started, I need to introduce zones of interest. I can do this from the command line (
modify-availability-zone-group) Via API call (
ModifyAvailabilityZoneGroup) or from the EC2 console. I enter the main area of the console and click Zones that Account attributes:
I see local zones that are in the selected main area. I click Control to the desired local zone:
I click In use and Update the zone group, and I’m ready to go!
I can create Virtual private clouds (VPC), start EC2 create SSD-supported EBS volumes (gp2) and install EX and ECS clusters in the local zone (see Characteristics of AWS local areas page for a complete list of supported services).
The new local zones currently offer the following occurrences:
Local areas in action
AWS customers already take advantage of all five local zones! After discussing with my colleagues, I learned that the use cases of local zones can be grouped into two categories:
Distributed Edge – These customers want to place selected parts of their gaming, social media and audio assistant applications in multiple, geographically diverse locations to have a low latency experience for their users.
Location – These customers need access to cloud services in certain locations that are close to their existing offices, server centers and so on. In addition to a small delay, they often have to process and store data in a specific geographic area to meet regulatory requirements. These customers often use a third-party software VPN device in the Amazon EC2 instance connect to the desired local zone.
Here are a few examples:
Ambra Health offers a cloud – based medical image management package that empowers some of the largest health systems, radiological practices, and clinical research organizations. The package replaces traditional desktop image viewers and uses local zones to provide radiologists with quick access to high-quality images so they can focus on improving patient outcomes.
Couchbase is an award-winning distributed NoSQL cloud database for modern enterprise applications. Couchbase provides AWS Local Zones to provide low latencies and single-digit millisecond data transfer times for applications, ensuring that developer applications are always available and fast. Using local zones in conjunction with Couchbase’s pre-computing features means their customers can store, retrieve, retrieve and analyze data in real time
Edge strip is a game hosting service provider that focuses on providing the best online experience to its customers. AWS Local Zones provides its customers (game development studios such as Triple Hill Interactive, Agog Entertainmentand Cofa games) the ability to take advantage of an ever-growing list of locations and deploy games with a simple API call.
JackTrip use local zones so that musicians in multiple locations can perform well-synchronized live music over the Internet together.
Lessons is an interactive entertainment company focusing on mobile games, including Basketball Arena and Head Ball 2. They use local zones to place certain latency-affecting parts of their game servers close to end users with the goal of improving latency, reducing variability and providing players with a great experience.
Supersolu locates game servers in multiple AWS areas and evaluates all new areas online. They are already using local zones as deployment goals and are considering other local zones as they become available to bring delay-sensitive parts of game servers closer to other users.
Takeda (a global biopharmaceutical company) plans to create a hybrid environment that spans several scientific centers in and around Boston.
ubiti place game servers in multiple locations to reduce latency and provide users with a consistent and high-quality experience. They consider local zones (not pun-purpose) as a game changer, and use it to place and test clusters in multiple cities in pursuit of this unified experience.
Here are some resources to help you learn more about AWS local zones:
Stay on the channel
We are currently working with twelve other AWS local zones (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle) and plan to open them throughout the rest of 2021. We are also planning to expand to new locations both in the United States and elsewhere. If you would like to express your interest in a particular place, please let us know by filling out Interest of AWS local areas Form.
Over time, we plan to add other AWS services, including AWS Direct Connect and more EC2 expression types in these new local zones.