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Amazon Web Services completed its first 16 AWS local zones in the US and plans to launch new AWS local zones in 32 new metropolitan areas in 26 countries around the world.

“The edge of the cloud is expanding and is now becoming available virtually everywhere,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of infrastructure services at AWS. “Thousands of AWS customers using US-based AWS local zones are able to optimize low-latency applications designed specifically for their industries and the use cases of their customers.”

Over the next two years, new AWS local zones will launch in various areas of Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Africa. These include Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Berlin, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chennai, Copenhagen, Delhi, Hanoi, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Kolkata, Lima, Lisbon, Manila, Munich, Nairobi, Oslo, Perth, Prague, Querétaro, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, and Warsaw.

To define, AWS local zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that extends AWS regions to place compute, storage, database, and other AWS services at the edge of the cloud near large population, industry, and information technology (IT) centers—enabling customers to deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency closer to end-users or on-premises data centers.

AWS local zones allow customers to use core AWS services locally while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS regions with the same elasticity, pay-as-you-go model, application programming interfaces (APIs), and toolsets.

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