In a Hawaiian shirt and white Panama, the master in a cloud Werner Vogels, Vice President and Technology director (CTO) from Amazon.com, arrived in Las Vegas to give the good news to Portuguese companies: Portugal is one of 21 countries in which the group’s cloud-based company will install an “AWS local zone” next year.
Werner Vogels took the main stage of the annual event cloud computing causing madness in the audience and prompting warm applause from those who for at least a decade have seen him as one of the leading experts in this technology. And didn’t make a travel from Seattle in vain because it brought a suitcase full of product news and international expansion.
AWS announced no re: Invent that it will launch 30 new local zones “in the biggest cities in the world”, including Lisbon. The new AWS technological zones will be operational by the beginning of 2022 in another 20 countries besides Portugal, namely Germany, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, India, India, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway and Poland.
The local local areas today join the 16 that are distributed across the United States, where the decoration of this international event is. In practice, they are protected edge for applications that require low latency for end users around the world. Werner Vogels admits that he is particularly enthusiastic about investing in Amsterdam, where he is from.
AWS Local Zones are a type of Amazon infrastructure deployment that puts together AWS storage, database and other services that allow companies to deliver applications with latency requirements of less than ten milliseconds to users. In other words, data services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon ElastiCache or Amazon Relational Database Service are closer to where customers are, the technology centers. It is a way to decentralize and accelerate services and information.
Amazon’s CTO explained that all of this internationalization is aimed at reducing latency – response time of apps – and recalled that in 2006, when technology a cloud of the American giant was launched, the innovation was “constrained”. “Building a product was difficult. AN a cloud making everything a programmable source: networks, data centers, storage, storage, database…”, he exemplified.
Translating for children, a famous Alexa “wouldn’t have been possible in 2006 or 2008,” explained Werner Vogels, because it requires real-time conversational latency, capable of disabling machine learning, understand natural language, perform speech recognition and transcribe speech into text.
Between releases and announcements to digitize (more) the finance, automotive or energy sectors, AWS has not balanced like pharmaceuticals in its annual technology presentation. The company reveals that it is working with US-based Pfizer to create cloud solutions that can improve clinical testing and drug manufacturing, such as developing a prototype to detect abnormal data points on the drug production platform, to improve drug dosages, and predictive technology to maximize the operation of equipment, including sprayers, centrifuges or agitators.
AWS re: Invent is an international conference designed for the global community of cloud computing which, after a fully digital edition, returns between November 29 and December 3, 2021 for a hybrid format in which news from the company or the 200 partners that have exhibitors in Las Vegas are being sampled, trainings and 2 million techniques and organized after-hours events outside the main stages, among others. In this edition, the Venetian Hotel receives 27 thousand participants, two years after having reached a record 60 thousand people.
* A journalist traveled to the United States at the invitation of AWS