AWS is expanding its coverage with 32 new Local Zones in 26 countries. Most of the zones are located in EU regions that previously had no coverage.

AWS Local Zones bring the tech giant’s infrastructure closer to users. Local Zone reduces the latency of services. This opens the doors for services that require low latency, such as online video gaming, live streaming, AR and VR solutions, and virtual desktop environments.

Edge locations

AWS Local Zones also allow customers to migrate their applications to a public cloud environment, bringing cloud functionality to on-premises data centers. Furthermore, Local Zones support compliance with local laws and regulations.

Generally, AWS Local Zones can be thought of as large edge locations. Each Local Zone is managed via a control plane in the Local Zone’s parent AWS region.

Major expansion outside the US

The newly announced expansion consists of 32 new AWS Local Zones in 26 countries. Until now, such edge functionality was exclusively available in 16 US locations. Except for some locations in Canada, all new Local Zones are located outside the US: in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In the Benelux, there’s a Local Zone for Amsterdam and Brussels.

Notably, Europe still lacks locations in France, Italy, Spain and several smaller EU countries. In contrast, Germany has two AWS Local Zones, in Berlin and Munich. Locations in Copenhagen and Oslo cover Scandinavia.