AWS launches Local Zones in Bangkok and Kolkata

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Amazon Web Services has launched two AWS Local Zones in Bangkok, Thailand, and Kolkata, India.

Local Zones act as small Edge locations to host applications that require low latency to end-users or on-premises installations. Each zone offers services such as compute, storage, and database, close to population centers for latency-sensitive applications, usually where Amazon doesn’t have an existing data center footprint.

The company launched Local Zones in Argentina, Denmark, Finland, and Oman this November, as part of a push this year to expand the program beyond the US.

In June, it announced it had 17 Local Zones in the US and planned 32 internationally. Eventually, the company said, it expects to launch hundreds of such zones.

AWS operates around 29 Wavelength Zones – which embed AWS compute and storage services at the Edge of communications service providers’ 5G networks – across seven countries. The company has partnered with the likes of Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI, SK Telecom, and Bell Canada.

Amazon also runs an EdgeFront content delivery network (CDN), which spans more than 310 Points of Presence in more than 90 cities across 47 countries.

Finally, it offers AWS Outposts, which are racks that can be shipped and installed at your data center and on-premises locations.