AWS Local Zones are a type of AWS infrastructure deployment that places AWS compute, storage, database, and other select services close to large population, industry, and IT centers. With AWS Local Zones, you can easily run applications that need single-digit millisecond latency closer to end-users in a specific geography. AWS Local Zones are ideal for use cases such as media & entertainment content creation, real-time gaming, live video streaming, and machine learning inference.

AWS Local Zones are 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 EMRAmazon ElastiCacheAmazon Elastic Kubernetes ServiceAmazon Elastic Container Service, 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 the Region 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. You can easily build and deploy latency-sensitive applications closer to your end-users using AWS services, scale up or scale down, and pay only for the resources that you use, giving you a consistent AWS experience.

AWS Local Zones are generally available in Los Angeles and also available in preview in Boston, Houston, and Miami.

Get started with the Los Angeles AWS Local Zones here. To request access to the preview for AWS Local Zones in Boston, Houston, or Miami, click here.


Low Latency and Local Data Processing

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. With AWS Local Zones you can also support throughput intensive applications and reduce your end to end throughput requirements.

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.

Video Streaming

Live stream video content with single-digit millisecond latency and high fidelity to your end-users. Perform computation and analysis of your video content close to the event and seamlessly extend across Availability Zones and AWS Local Zones close to your end-users for high fidelity streaming.


Support AR/VR applications by performing computation and analysis close to your end-users with AWS Local Zones. Effectively reduce the Motion to Photon (MTP) latencies to the <20 ms benchmark needed to offer a realistic customer experience.

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.

Engineering Simulations

Run compute-intensive simulations, such as earth science explorations, genomics, financial risk modeling, and chip design close to your local resources and end-users. Expand opportunities, optimize decision making, and solve complex design problems while meeting your ultra-low latency requirements.

Available locations

AWS Local Zones are generally available in Los Angeles, CA and available in preview in Boston, Houston, and Miami. Get started with the Los Angeles AWS Local Zones here. To request access for the preview, click here.

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