AWS Local Zones

Run latency sensitive applications closer to end-users

AWS Local Zones are a new type of AWS infrastructure deployment that places AWS compute, storage, database, and other select services closer to large population, industry, and IT centers where no AWS Region exists today. With AWS Local Zones, you can easily run latency-sensitive portions of applications local to end-users and resources in a specific geography, delivering single-digit millisecond latency for use cases such as media & entertainment content creation, real-time gaming, reservoir simulations, electronic design automation, and machine learning.

Each AWS Local Zone location is an extension of an AWS Region where you can run your latency-sensitive applications using AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon FSx, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon EMR, and Amazon Relational Database Service in geographic proximity 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 back to your other workloads running in AWS and to the full range of in-region services through the same APIs and tool sets.

AWS Local Zones are managed and supported by AWS, bringing you all of the elasticity, scalability, and security benefits of the cloud. With AWS Local Zones, you can easily build and deploy latency-sensitive applications closer to your end-users using a consistent set of AWS services, scale up or scale down, and pay only for the resources that you use.

The Los Angeles AWS Local Zone is generally available and you can expect more Local Zones to come.

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Low latency to local end-users

AWS Local Zones place compute, storage, database, and other select AWS services closer to end-users to enable you to open up new possibilities and deliver innovative applications and services that require single-digit millisecond latencies for more end-users.

Consistent AWS experience

AWS Local Zones enable you to use the same AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tool sets that you are familiar with in the cloud. Applications have fast, secure, and seamless access to the full breadth of services in the parent region.

Flexible and scalable

AWS Local Zones are part of AWS Global Infrastructure, thereby offering the benefits AWS Regions offer today, like elasticity, availability, selection, and low pay-as-you-go pricing. You can start small and scale as your needs grow, and pay only for the resources that you use.

How it works

AWS Local Zones how it works

Use cases

Media & Entertainment Content Creation

Run latency-sensitive workloads, such as live production, video editing, and graphics-intensive virtual workstations for artists in geographic proximity to AWS Local Zones. Accelerate content creation by getting rid of latency limitations and capacity constraints while improving security and operational efficiency.

Real-time Multiplayer Gaming

Deploy latency-sensitive game servers in AWS Local Zones to run real-time multiplayer game sessions and maintain a reliable gameplay experience. With AWS Local Zones, you deploy your game servers closer to your players than ever before for a real-time and interactive in-game experience.

Reservoir Simulations

Use low-latency capabilities to expand exploration opportunities and reduce costs by putting engineering workloads in AWS Local Zones. Improve drilling hit rates and optimize decision making by enabling underground reservoir simulations in the cloud.

Electronic Design Automation

Innovate faster by allowing chip designers and verification engineers to solve complex, compute-intensive, and latency-sensitive problems using application and desktop streaming services in AWS Local Zones.

Machine Learning

Easily host and train models continuously for high performance low-latency inferencing. Work with your data, experiment with algorithms, and visualize your output faster in AWS Local Zones.

Available locations

The first AWS Local Zone is available in Los Angeles, CA. The Los Angeles Local Zone is associated with US West (Oregon) Region. For API calls, CLI commands, and the AWS Management Console, use 'us-west-2' or US West (Oregon).

AWS Now Available from a Local Zone in Los Angeles
December 3, 2019
Low-latency computing with AWS Local Zones – Part 1
June 23, 2020
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