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Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure

Microsoft announced Azure Edge Zones, an infrastructure service that is an extension of Azure public cloud, which will be available within Microsoft’s global network, telecom provider’s 5G networks, and customer data centers.

Azure Edge Zones is the industry’s most comprehensive edge computing platform. Built on the solid foundation of Azure public cloud and Azure Stack portfolio, Edge Zones brings the power of the cloud to the last mile.

There are three flavors of edge delivered through Azure Edge Zones. Here is a summary of the offerings along with the use cases:

Azure Edge Zones

Azure Edge Zones are micro data centers that are owned and operated by Microsoft. They act as logical extensions of existing regions that are a part of the Microsoft global network. Microsoft plans to make Azure Edge Zones available in metros and cities with a high density of users. Developers and businesses can target these Edge Zones to deliver highly responsive applications and experiences to end-users.

Since Azure Edge Zones are an extension of Azure, developers and operators can continue to use the same APIs, platform, and 3rd party tools to deploy and manage applications.

Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

Think of Azure Edge Zones with Carrier as an Azure Edge Zone running within the 5G infrastructure of a telecom provider instead of Microsoft’s global infrastructure. These Edge Zones are connected to the Azure public cloud via Microsoft’s global network.

Azure Private Edge Zones

Azure Private Edge Zones bring the power of Azure public cloud to the enterprise data center.

Key Takeaways

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been investing heavily in managed services for hybrid cloud, IoT and edge computing platforms. Innovations such as Azure Sphere, Digital Twins and Azure IoT Central put Microsoft ahead of the competition in the industrial IoT and edge computing market.