Microsoft introduces new Azure Edge Zones and Private Edge Zones

Microsoft introduces new Azure Edge Zones and Private Edge Zones
Move will enable new connectivity scenarios for developers, customers and partners

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Microsoft is introducing new Azure Edge Zones and Azure Private Edge Zones to create new connectivity scenarios for developers, customers and partners. 

According to a recent Azure blog post, the new zones will deliver consistent Azure services and application platform and management to the edge with 5G. For example, they will enable the development of distributed applications across cloud, on-premises and edge, and the acceleration of internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and real-time analytics. 

Microsoft will preview a version of the Azure Edge Zones with carriers such as AT&T, which will connect Azure services to 5G networks in carriers’ datacentres. “This will enable developers to build optimised and scalable applications using Azure and directly connected to 5G networks,” wrote Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure Networking, in the blog post. 

The new zones will boost application performance to improve user experiences when running ultra-low latency, sensitive mobile applications, and SIM-enabled architectures including online gaming, remote meeting and events, and smart infrastructure. 

Over the next 12 months, Microsoft plans to deliver Azure Edge Zones to select cities, bringing Azure closer to customers and developers. 

Microsoft is also announcing the preview of Azure Private Edge Zones. These private 5G/LTE networks will combine with Azure Stack Edge on-premises to deliver ultra-low latency, secure and high-bandwidth solutions for organisations. The firm is launching a platform to support customers’ private cellular networks, for example to facilitate smart factory/IoT operations, improved retail logistics and operations, and more secure medical data. 

Find out more about the recent announcements. 

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