Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new Local Zone in Auckland, New Zealand.

Local Zones act as Edge locations to host applications that require low latency to end-users or on-premises installations. Each zone offers services such as compute, storage, and database, close to population centers for latency-sensitive applications, usually where Amazon doesn't have an existing data center footprint.

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“AWS Local Zones is now available in Auckland, New Zealand. You can now use AWS Local Zones in Auckland to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency or local data processing,” the company said this week.

First launched in 2019, AWS had previously concentrated its Local Zone rollout in the US. However, at the turn of last year, the company announced plans to launch the service in 32 cities across 26 markets internationally. Some of the launched locations weren't on that original list, and the company has since said it had plans for ‘hundreds’ of Edge locations in the future.

The company has now debuted a total of 16 international Local Zones in 15 markets outside the US. AWS launched its first international Local Zones in Delhi, India, and Taipei, Taiwan in October 2022.

Amazon has also launched European zones in Hamburg, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; and Warsaw, Poland.

Further Local Zones have launched in Argentina, Oman, Australia, Chile, and Thailand, along with a second Indian zone in Kolkata. This month the company opened Local Zones in Australia and Chile in Perth and Santiago.

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

As well as a Local Zone, AWS is planning a full cloud region in Auckland. First announced in 2021, the region is set to open in 2024.