Amazon Web Services Inc. today announced that it has set up two new Wavelength Zones in Denver and Seattle, allowing enterprises to deploy their applications closer to the two cities for projects such as “internet of things” initiatives.
AWS Wavelength is one of the main pillars of AWS’ edge computing strategy. The service offers access to cloud infrastructure that has the same features as the infrastructure in the Amazon.com Inc. unit’s main data centers, only it’s located in closer physical proximity to major cities. Packets therefore travel faster to and from applications deployed on Wavelength, which can be a big boon for certain projects.
The new Wavelength Zones in Denver and Seattle are embedded into Verizon Communications Inc.’s 5G network. AWS deploys Wavelength infrastructure inside carriers’ data centers as part of its strategy to minimize latency for users because those facilities are part of the network over which users’ information travels. Compared with connecting to a regular AWS cloud region, Wavelength reduces latencies by several milliseconds or more, which can make a big difference for certain use cases.
Verizon’s Skyward drone software business uses Wavelength to improve flight efficiency. Because Wavelength infrastructure is essentially part of a city’s 5G network, latency is low enough that Skyward can offload certain processing tasks from commercial drones to the service and thereby reduce the amount of computing hardware that has to be carried onboard. The resulting reduction in takeoff weight allows for longer flights, according to AWS.
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