Amazon to Launch AWS Local Zone Cloud Infrastructure in Kenya
Amazon Web Services and Amazon.com have announced plans to launch an AWS Local Zone in Kenya. The new zone will join 16 existing local zones across the United States and 32 additional AWS local zones planned for 26 countries around the world starting this year 2022.
What is an AWS Local Zone:
AWS Local Zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that places compute, storage, database, and other AWS services at the edge of the cloud, near major centers of population, industry, and technology Information Technology (IT), enabling customers to deploy applications that require a single millisecond latency near end users or on-premises data centers. AWS Local Zones allow customers to use core AWS services locally while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions with the same elasticity, pay-as-you-go model, same application programming interfaces (APIs) and tools.
What is the benefit of AWS Local Zones?
The new AWS Local Zones will give customers in Kenya the ability to deliver single-digit millisecond performance to end users designed to suit applications such as remote real-time gaming, media content creation and entertainment, live video streaming, engineering simulations, augmented and virtual reality. , machine learning inference at the edge, and more.
Customers can connect to AWS Local Zones through an internet connection or use AWS Direct Connect, a cloud service that directly connects an organization’s network to AWS to deliver consistent, secure, and low-latency performance to route traffic over a private AWS network connection.
Amazon Web Services manages and supports Local Zones. This means that customers in Kenya will not have to incur the expense of acquiring, operating and maintaining infrastructure in Nairobi to support low latency applications.
AWS Local Zones also allow customers with local data residency requirements in Kenya to run portions of their applications in on-premises data centers and seamlessly connect to AWS while ensuring ultra-low latency. for these types of hybrid deployments, while using familiar AWS APIs and tools.
What they said:
“The new AWS Local Zone in Kenya is a continuation of our investment to support customers of all kinds and our commitment to accelerate innovation by bringing cloud infrastructure to more locations in the country. We know that delivering ultra-low latency applications for a seamless user experience is important across all businesses and industries, so we’re excited to bring the edge of the cloud closer to more customers in Kenya to help them meet their needs. AWS Local Zones will enable more public and private organizations, innovative startups, and AWS Partners to deliver a new generation of cutting-edge, low-latency applications to end users. Customers can take advantage of the cost savings, scalability, and high availability that AWS provides. said Robin Njiru, regional manager, East, West and Central Africa at Amazon Web Services.
The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth, Mr. Joseph Mucheru said, “We are delighted to launch AWS Local Zone in Kenya. This announcement reaffirms our country’s position as an attractive investment location, powered by a high volume of talented local developers. It will drive the adoption of advanced cloud-based technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things while helping to ensure secure usage across Kenya’s tech sector.
“We believe that an AWS Local Zone will allow us to further enhance our cloud offerings, particularly for our enterprise and SMB customers, and to migrate more of our own services to the cloud. Customer obsession remains a key objective for Safaricom and with this local presence boosted by our partnership with Amazon, we will now achieve increased speed, stability, reliability and storage to support innovation and the development of solutions. future,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO. of Safaricom PLC, a local partner of Amazon Web Services.