Amazon AWS: AWS launches Local Zones in Philadelphia and Texas

Jul 08, 2021 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Amazon Web Services just launched its new Local Zones in Philadelphia and Texas. Customers can now deliver applications that need single-digit millisecond latency to both on-premises installations and end-users in Philadelphia and Dallas with these local zones.

AWS Local Zones are infrastructures that ensure AWS services like storage, AWS compute, and storage closer to locations where there’s no AWS region. With AWS Local Zones, you can run applications that need single-digit millisecond latency. Examples of these applications are live video streaming, real-time gaming, engineering simulations, etc.

Amazon Web Services launched the Local Zone service in Los Angeles in 2019. It also added another location in Los Angeles in 2020. Aside from that, it now has seven Local Zones across the US in total.

AWS Press Release on July 7, 2021

Today we are announcing the general availability of AWS Local Zones in Dallas and Philadelphia. Customers can now use these new AWS Local Zones to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency to end-users or on-premises installations in Dallas and Philadelphia metro areas.

AWS Local Zones are a 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. You can use AWS Local Zones to run applications that require single-digit millisecond latency for use cases such as real-time gaming, hybrid migrations, media & entertainment content creation, live video streaming, engineering simulations, AR/VR, and machine learning inference at the edge.

AWS Local Zones are now generally available in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia. With an additional 10 Local Zones launching in 2021 in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle, customers will be able to deliver ultra-low latency applications to end-users in cities across the US.

You can enable AWS Local Zones yourself from the “Settings” section of the EC2 Console or ModifyAvailabilityZoneGroup API. To learn more, please visit the AWS Local Zones website.