Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new Local Zone in Dallas, Texas.

Local Zones act as Edge locations to host applications that require low latency to end-users or on-premises installations. Each zone offers select services (compute, storage, database, etc.) close to population centers for latency-sensitive applications, often where Amazon doesn't have an existing data center footprint. Each Zone is a ‘child’ of a particular parent region and is managed by the control plane in that region.

“Today, AWS announces the general availability of a new Local Zone in Dallas, Texas,” the company said. “This new AWS Local Zone comes with Amazon EC2 C6i, M6i, R6i, C6gn, and M6g instances and Amazon EBS volume types gp2, gp3, io1, sc1, and st1.”

First launched in 2019, AWS has rolled out 17 zones in 16 US metros. Local Zones are available in Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles (x2), Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, and Philadelphia.

AWS originally announced the general availability of a Local Zone in Dallas in July 2021. That original Local Zone – known as us-east-1-dfw-1a – has seemingly been replaced by the new us-east-1-dfw-2a zone, with the original removed from the list of available locations.

AWS has also launched more than a dozen Local Zones in international markets across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and APAC.

Despite multiple requests from DCD, AWS hasn't detailed what facilities the Local Zones sit within or what compute infrastructure they use.