Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new AWS Local Zones location in Muscat, Oman. AWS Local Zone is a method of deploying AWS compute, storage, database, and other services in close proximity to large populations, industries, and information technology (IT) centers, allowing customers to deploy applications requiring single-digit millisecond latency to end users or on-premises data centers.
AWS Local Zones allow customers to run workloads with low latency requirements while seamlessly connecting to their workloads running in other AWS Regions. As of now, there are 25 AWS Local Zones around the world, and 27 more are planned to be launched in the near future.
Launching a new AWS Local Zones location in Muscat allows customers to easily deploy applications located close to end users in the metro area. Having AWS Local Zones close to large population centers in metro areas enables customers to achieve the low latency required for use cases like online gaming, live streaming, and augmented and virtual reality. They can also offer customers operating in regulated sectors like health care, financial services, and the public sector the option to keep data within a geographic boundary.
According to Wojciech Bajda, AWS Director of Public Sector, Middle East and Africa
“With today’s launch of an AWS Local Zones location in Muscat, we are proud to bring the cloud closer to AWS customers, so they can deploy latency-sensitive workloads and store data locally. We’ve designed AWS Local Zones to support a broad range of use cases—from trading applications that need to respond quickly to market fluctuations to interactive live events and gaming experiences. Customers in a variety of industries can now deliver innovative, new services and experiences to their end users, all with familiar AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools.”
AWS manages and supports AWS Local Zones, meaning customers do not incur the expense and effort of procuring, operating, and maintaining infrastructure in various cities to support low latency applications. AWS Local Zones can also help organisations migrate additional workloads to AWS, supporting a hybrid cloud migration strategy and simplifying IT operations. Customers can connect to AWS Local Zones through an internet connection and private network connections to both AWS Local Zones and any AWS Region.
As part of the AWS infrastructure in Oman, the new AWS Local Zones facility in Muscat is the newest addition, in addition to AWS Outposts and AWS edge locations that were launched earlier this year, offering faster content delivery services and cybersecurity protection to customers in the country.