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Developers can tune into AWS Wavelength edge compute in SF, Boston

Developers can tune into AWS Wavelength edge compute in SF, Boston

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the general availability of AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s 5G network, allowing developers to build ultra-low latency applications for mobile devices and users in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Customers can now deploy parts of their application that require ultra-low latency at the edge of 5G networks using the same AWS APIs, tools, and functionality they use today, while seamlessly connecting back to the rest of their application and the full range of cloud services running in an AWS Region. By embedding AWS compute and storage services at the edge of 5G networks, AWS Wavelength enables developers to serve edge computing use cases that require ultra-low latency like machine learning, IoT, and video and game streaming.

Wavelength brings AWS services to the edge of the 5G network, minimizing the latency to connect to an application from a mobile device. With Wavelength, AWS developers can deploy applications to Wavelength Zones – AWS infrastructure deployments that embed AWS compute and storage services within the telecommunication providers’ datacenters at the edge of the 5G network – so application traffic only needs to travel from the device to a cell tower to a Wavelength Zone running in a metro aggregation site. This removes the latency that results from multiple hops between regional aggregation sites and across the Internet, which enables customers to take full advantage of 5G networks.

Wavelength will also deliver a consistent developer experience across multiple 5G networks around the world, and allows developers to build ultra-low latency applications using the AWS services, APIs, and tools they already use. With a common developer experience, Wavelength makes it easy for developers to deploy across different telecommunications providers even if these providers have different deployment and operations semantics.

AWS is partnering with Verizon to bring AWS Wavelength to customers across the United States. The first Wavelength Zones are available today in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area, and additional locations will be coming later this year. AWS is also working with telecommunications providers including Vodafone, SK Telecom, and KDDI, to launch Wavelength Zones across Europe, South Korea, and Japan.

Developers that want to deploy their application to the 5G edge can extend their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to the Wavelength Zones, and then they can start running a broad range of AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (EKS). Developers can also continue to use AWS services to manage, secure, and scale their applications, like AWS CloudFormation, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), and AWS Auto Scaling, making it easy to run a wide variety of latency-sensitive workloads like analytics, IoT, machine learning, game streaming, and AR/VR on 5G networks.

“Our customers tell us they are excited to build applications that take advantage of 5G networks, but in order for these applications to provide ultra-low latency to mobile end-users, customers need AWS compute and storage services embedded directly within the 5G network,” says Dave Brown, Vice President, EC2, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With AWS Wavelength, our customers can develop applications that take advantage of ultra-low latencies to address use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, smart cities and smart factories, and autonomous vehicles – all while using the same familiar AWS services, API, and tools to deploy them to 5G networks worldwide.”

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