AWS is making its edge computing strategy clearer, launching several initiatives. AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services within telecommunications provider data centers at the edge of the 5G networks.
AWS Local Zone extends edge computing service by placing AWS compute, storage, database, and other select services closer to large population, industry, and IT centers where no AWS Region exists today.
AWS Local Zones are designed to run workloads that require single-digit millisecond latency, such as video rendering and graphics intensive, virtual desktop applications. Local Zones are intended for customers that do not want to operate their own on-premises or local data center.
Likewise, AWS Outposts puts AWS servers directly into an enterprise data center, creating yet another way AWS becomes a supplier of edge computing services. “AWS Outposts is designed for workloads that need to remain on-premises due to latency requirements, where customers want that workload to run seamlessly with the rest of their other workloads in AWS,” AWS says.
AWS Outposts are fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with AWS-designed hardware that allow customers to run compute and storage on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to AWS’s broad array of services in the cloud.