Amazon Web Services, one of the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offerings, has launched a new AWS Local Zone location in Lagos, Nigeria. It currently has 32 AWS Local Zones worldwide, with an announced plan to build 24 more Local Zones globally.
This is to enable businesses in the country to migrate more workloads by providing a hybrid cloud migration strategy and simplifying IT processes. The Terragon Group, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, and Lagos State Government—all clients and AWS partners—welcomed the launch.
Speaking on the new launch and the significance of AWS Local Zones in Lagos, Hakeem Popoola Fahm, Honourable Commissioner of Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, said,
The launch of the AWS Local Zone location in Lagos is a significant milestone for our regional enterprises and digital transformation agenda. The services available with AWS Local Zones will promote and accelerate the introduction of new digital solutions at our technology and engineering location in the heart of Lagos.Hakeem Popoola Fahm, Honourable Commissioner of Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology
Launching an AWS Local Zones presence in Lagos is very much needed as it provides quick, secure access to Amazon Web Services, enabling them to provide low-latency access to their locally running applications.
With the services, customers can now deploy applications to end users or on-site data centres that take just one millisecond or less. That is not all, though. Customers can also connect smoothly to the rest of their workloads running in AWS regions while running low latency workloads on AWS Local Zones with extremely high bandwidth private networks.
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About Amazon Web Service Local Zone Locations
AWS Local Zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that allows customers to deploy applications that require very low latency to end-users or on-premises data centres with AWS compute, storage, databases, and other services deployed close to large populations, industries, and IT centres.
Speaking on this new launch, Robin Njiru, AWS regional public sector lead for West, East, and Central Africa said,
We’ve designed Local Zones to support a broad range of use cases—from trading applications that need to respond quickly to market fluctuations to interactive live event and gaming experiences. Customers in a variety of industries can now deliver new innovative services and experiences to their end users, all with familiar AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools.
Additional workloads can be migrated to AWS by enterprises with the aid of AWS Local Zones, supporting a hybrid cloud migration strategy and streamlining IT processes.
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How does AWS Local Zone Location work?
Normally, organisations manage location-sensitive workloads on-site or in managed data centres, which require customers to buy, run, and maintain their own IT infrastructure and use various APIs and tools for both their on-premises and AWS environments.
For the AWS environment, it is a geographical area where AWS gather data centres to serve its customers. However, customers will need AWS infrastructure closer to their data source or end users, especially if their region is not close enough to meet low latency or data residency requirements.
In Lagos, the launch of the AWS Local Zone Location will allow customers to effectively and quickly deploy applications, particularly closer to users in urban cities. Customers will also be able to obtain low latency, which is important for use cases like live streaming, online and AR/VR activities.
Additionally, it can benefit clients that work in regulated industries like the public sector, healthcare, or financial services which may prefer or need to keep their data local and within a geographical boundary.
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