Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new AWS Local Zone in Delhi, India. In order to enable customers to deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency to end users or on-premises data centers, AWS Local Zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that places AWS compute, storage, database, and other services close to major population, industry, and information technology (IT) centers.
With additional facilities in Delhi and Taipei, Taiwan, the launch represents AWS Local Zones’ first international expansion outside of the US. AWS already operates 19 AWS Local Zones across the globe, and it has announced plans to open 31 additional Local Zones over the next two years, including new AWS Local Zones in India’s cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
The location of cloud infrastructure is important for applications that need latency times of less than one millisecond. AWS clusters data centers in a certain area to serve clients, where the majority of customer workloads are executed. Customers need AWS infrastructure closer to their data source or end users, though, if a Region cannot satisfy their demands for low latency or data residency.
These location-sensitive workloads have often been kept on-site or in managed data centers, where clients are required to purchase, operate, and maintain their own IT infrastructure and use various APIs and tools for both their on-premises and AWS environments.
With the opening of the new AWS Local Zone in Delhi, customers can now quickly deploy apps in the metro region that are close to end consumers. Customers can obtain the low latency needed for use cases like online gaming, live broadcasting, and augmented and virtual reality by having AWS Local Zones close to significant population centers in metro areas.
Moreover, they can also assist customers who work in regulated industries like the public sector, health care, and financial services and may have preferences or mandates to keep data local.
Since AWS oversees and supports AWS Local Zones, users are spared the cost and effort of acquiring, running, and maintaining infrastructure across numerous cities to provide low latency applications. In addition to enabling a hybrid cloud migration strategy and streamlining IT operations, AWS Local Zones can assist businesses in moving more workloads to the AWS Cloud.
Customers can use an internet connection to access AWS Local Zones, and they can use AWS Direct Connect to establish private, secure network connections to any AWS Region as well as the Local Zone.
According to Puneet Chandok, president of commercial business of AWS India and South Asia at Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd., they are bringing the cloud closer to AWS clients with the opening of a new AWS Local Zone in Delhi so they can install latency-sensitive workloads that benefit their end users.
Furthermore, they’ve created AWS Local Zones to accommodate a wide range of use cases, from interactive live events and gaming to trading apps that must react swiftly to market movements.