AWS Wavelength extends the AWS cloud to a global network of 5G edge locations to enable developers to innovate and build a whole new class of applications that require ultra-low latency. Wavelength Zones provide a high-bandwidth, secure connection to the parent AWS Region, allowing developers to seamlessly connect to the full range of services in the AWS Region through the same APIs and tool sets.
You can create Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EBS volumes, and Amazon VPC subnets and carrier gateways in Wavelength Zones. You can also use services that orchestrate or work with EC2, EBS and VPC such as Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Amazon EKS clusters, Amazon ECS clusters, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS CloudFormation. The services in Wavelength are part of a VPC that is connected over a reliable, high bandwidth connection to an AWS Region for easy access to services including Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon RDS.
General purpose compute: Wavelength Zones currently support t3.medium, t3.xlarge and r5.2xlarge instances for applications that need cost effective general purpose compute.
Accelerated compute: Wavelength Zones support g4dn.2xlarge instances for applications such as game streaming and ML inference at the edge that require GPUs.
Wavelength offers Elastic Block Store (EBS) gp2 volumes for persistent block storage. You can use EBS gp2 volumes for boot or data volumes, and attach or detach EBS volumes to EC2 instances. It provides snapshot and restore capabilities and lets you increase volume size without any performance impact. All EBS volumes and snapshots are fully encrypted by default. Any EBS snapshots will be stored using Amazon S3 in the Region associated with the Wavelength Zone.
VPC: Amazon VPCs in an account can be extended to span multiple Availability Zones, including Wavelength Zones. Amazon EC2 instances and related services will appear as part of the user’s regional VPC.
Carrier Gateway: Wavelength also introduces a new component to the network setup – the Carrier Gateway. The Carrier Gateway enables connectivity from the user’s subnet in the Wavelength Zone to the communications service provider’s (CSP) network, the internet, or the AWS Region through the CSP’s network. The carrier gateway serves two purposes. It allows inbound traffic from a CSP network in a specific location, and outbound traffic to the telecommunications network and the internet.
Management and Monitoring
AWS tools such as AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and others can be used to run and manage workloads in Wavelength Zones as they do for cloud workloads today. You can use AWS Cost Explorer to monitor costs.
|Location||Communications Service Provider||AWS Region||Wavelength Zone ID|
|Boston, US||Verizon||US East (N. Virginia)||us-east-1-wl1-bos-wlz-1|
|San Francisco Bay Area, US||Verizon||US West (Oregon)||us-west-2-wl1-sfo-wlz-1|