Amazon Web Services has announced a major, global expansion of AWS Local Zones. After launching Local Zones in 16 US cities, the cloud provider is now planning to open Local Zones in 32 new metro areas in 26 countries, delivering single-digit millisecond latency performance while helping customers meet data residency requirements.
Local Zones are a type of infrastructure that brings certain AWS services very close to a particular geographic area, industry or IT center. The service is just one example of the way computing is increasingly moving to the “distributed edge.”
Some customers have been using AWS Local Zones to ensure low latency for customers in different parts of the country. Customers can also use Local Zones to bring cloud services closer to their existing branch offices or data centers.