AWS Local Zones Announced, First Local Zone Live in Los Angeles

AWS has announced the introduction of over 30 new AWS Local Zones in key locations across the world at its annual re:Invent conference last week. More than 21 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and South Africa, will be able to use these new AWS Local Zones starting in 2022.

On Friday, the opening of AWS’s first AWS Local Zone was announced, in Los Angeles, CA. AWS Local Zones are a new type of AWS infrastructure deployment that places compute, storage, database, and other chosen services near to clients. In the case of AWS’s first AWS Local Zone in Los Angeles, it allows developers in LA to build apps with single-digit millisecond latency to LA end-users.

Users in the AWS Local Zone will be able to utilize their compute, storage, database, and other chosen services locally in Los Angeles while still being able to connect to the remainder of their workloads in the AWS US West (Oregon) Region (or other AWS Regions a customer may be using).

The first AWS Local Zone is now accessible in Los Angeles, courtesy of the US West (Oregon) AWS Region, with more AWS Local Zones on the way.

“Customers are excited about AWS Outposts because it gives them on-premises access to AWS compute, storage, and database with the same APIs, control plane, tools, and hardware as they get in AWS Regions. But, for some of our customers, they either don’t have an on-premises data center or want to get rid of their local data center, but still have a need for some of their workloads to run locally given latency requirements,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, AWS Global Infrastructure. “AWS Local Zones solve this problem for customers. They allow customers to avoid having local data centers, let them run the workloads in the Local Zone that needs to have single-digit latency to end-users locally, and make it easy for these workloads to seamlessly connect with the rest of their applications running in AWS Regions. LA is our first Local Zone, but we expect more will follow.”

Colocation Data Centers in LA

AWS Local Zones are managed and serviced by AWS, so users don’t have to spend money or time acquiring, running, and maintaining data centers or colocation facilities in Los Angeles. AWS Local Zones also allow customers to link their local workloads to those running in the AWS US West (Oregon) Region through a high-bandwidth, secure connection.

Photo Peter DeSantis, Vice President, AWS Global Infrastructure
“AWS Local Zones allow customers to avoid having local data centers, let them run the workloads in the Local Zone that needs to have single-digit latency to end-users locally,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, AWS Global Infrastructure.

Customers may operate latency-sensitive workloads close to LA-based end-users while connecting to the entire range of AWS services in the US West (Oregon) Region using the same APIs and tool sets, without having to acquire, scale, or protect the underlying hardware and software infrastructure.

FuseFX is a visual effects studio with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver providing visual effects services for episodic television, feature films, commercials, and VR productions.

“We are relentlessly focused on innovating and leveraging technology so that our artists can focus on creating and not have technical infrastructure be a bottleneck to the creative process,” said Jason Fotter, Co-Founder and CTO of FuseFX. “While we have successfully leveraged the cloud for burstable rendering, we still have workloads that are limited in their ability to leverage the cloud due to latency and inefficiencies in transferring large datasets. Having resources in close proximity to our end users and the ability to rely on low latency cloud instances would greatly increase the amount of workloads we could leverage cloud compute for, and being able to quickly leverage cloud EC2 instances when needed without transferring data or files into a cloud region storage system would allow us to more easily provide the experience that our employees expect.”

Luma Pictures is a visual effects studio with facilities in Santa Monica and Melbourne, Australia founded in 2002 and best known for creatures, environments, and effects for the film industry. “With over 120 artists worldwide, our teams generate massive assets and consume compute resources around the clock,” said Chad Dombrova, Head of Software, VFX, Luma Pictures. “We’re looking forward to testing AWS’s new LA Local Zone because the low latency to our Santa Monica studio will facilitate approaches like virtual workstations and direct mounting of on-premise storage, which will help our teams deliver the high quality visual effects we’re known for.”

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