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Microsoft unveils Azure Edge Zones

Microsoft has unveiled Azure Edge Zones, a new edge computing platform aimed at latency-sensitive use cases such as robotics, mixed reality and real-time analytics.

Azure Edge Zones come in three discrete offerings: Azure Edge Zones, Azure Edge Zones with Carrier and Azure Private Edge Zones.

“For the last few decades, carriers and operators have pioneered how we connect with each other, laying the foundation for telephony and cellular,” the company notes in today’s announcement.

“With cloud and 5G, there are new possibilities by combining cloud services, like compute and AI with high bandwidth and ultra-low latency. Microsoft is partnering with them bring 5G to life in immersive applications built by organization and developers.”

Azure Edge Zones

Azure Edge Zones

Azure Edge Zones are small footprint extensions of Azure placed in population centers that are far away from Azure regions. Azure Edge Zones support VMs, containers, and a select set of Azure services that let you run latency sensitive and throughput intensive applications close to end users.

Azure Edge Zones are part of the Microsoft global network and offer secure, reliable, and high-bandwidth connectivity between applications running at the Edge Zone close to the user, and the full set of Azure services running within Azure regions.

Azure Edge Zones are owned and operated by Microsoft and let you use the same set of Azure tools and portal to manage and deploy services into the Edge Zones.

Typical use cases include Gaming and game streaming, Media streaming and content delivery, Real-time analytics and inferencing using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and Rendering for mixed reality

Azure Edge Zones will be available in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

Azure Edge Zones Carrier

Azure Edge Zones with carrier are small footprint extensions of Azure placed in mobile operators’ datacenters in population centers. Azure Edge Zones with carrier infrastructure is placed one hop away from the mobile operator’s 5G network, offering sub-10 millisecond latency to applications from mobile devices.

Azure Edge Zones with carrier is deployed in mobile operators’ datacenters and are connected to the Microsoft global network. They offer secure, reliable, and high-bandwidth connectivity between applications running close to the user and the full set of Azure services running within Azure regions. Developers can use the same set of familiar tools to build and deploy services into the Edge Zones.

Typical use cases include Gaming and game streaming, Media streaming and content delivery, Real-time analytics and inferencing using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Rendering for mixed reality, Connected automobiles and Telemedicine.

Edge Zones will be offered in partnership with AT&T (Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles), Etisalat. Rogers and Vodafone.

Azure Private Edge Zones

Azure Private Edge Zones

Azure Private Edge Zones are small footprint extensions of Azure placed on-premises. Azure Private Edge Zones is based on the Azure Stack Edge platform and enables low latency access to computing and storage services deployed on-premises.

Private Edge Zones also lets you deploy virtualized network functions (VNFs) such as mobile packet cores, routers, firewalls, and SD-WAN appliances, and applications from ISVS as Azure managed applications side-by-side along with virtual machines and containers on-premises.

Azure Private Edge Zones comes with a cloud-native orchestration solution that lets you manage the lifecycle of Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) and applications from the Azure portal.

Azure Private Edge Zones lets you develop and deploy applications on-premises using the same familiar tools used to build and deploy applications in Azure.

You can also run private mobile networks (private LTE, private 5G), security functions such as firewalls, and extend your on-premises networks across multiple branches and Azure using SD-WAN appliances on the same Private Edge Zone appliances and manage them from Azure.

Typical use cases include Real-time command and control in robotics, Real-time analytics and inferencing with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Machine Vision, Remote rendering for mixed reality and VDI scenarios and Surveillance and security.

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