Ultra-low-latency edge computing
Provide rich, seamless customer experiences in real time with ultra-low-latency edge compute capabilities with Azure Edge Zones.
Solve edge latency issues with 5G
Virtually eliminate latency concerns—the main performance barrier for apps, connected devices, and mobile consumer services—by transforming how cloud and edge work together with Azure Edge ZonesPREVIEW. With the low edge latency and high bandwidth of Azure Edge Zones and 5G networks, you’re able to easily deploy applications and virtualized network functions (VNF) and provide your customers with seamless compute, storage, IoT, and container services.
What are Azure Edge Zones?
Azure Edge Zones are local extensions of Azure that are ideal for solving compute, storage, and service availability issues by allowing you to provide experience-driven resources closer to your customers—using the technology that you already have. Azure Edge Zones are available through Azure, with select carriers and operators, or as private customer zones.
Common applications include:
Local data processing
for secure workloads, latency-sensitive data analytics, IoT, and media services.
Real-time IoT and AI analytics
for optimizing, building, and innovating for robotics, mixed reality, and automation tools.
New frontiers for developers
working with high-density graphics and real-time operations in industries such as gaming and mobile platforms.
Optimize your architecture for 5G
Enable faster access to local Azure services to get granular control of data—and better performance—from apps deployed at the edge with Azure Edge ZonesPREVIEW. Common applications include distributed apps and public cloud-based business and consumer platforms in industries like retail, media, financial services.
Provide better real-time experiences for your customers and developers by deploying reliable, latency-sensitive applications on wireless networks with Azure Edge ZonesPREVIEW with carriers. 5G speed and bandwidth makes ingesting, delivering, and processing data faster—ideal for connected vehicles, mobile platforms and interactive games, high-bandwidth video streaming, and other business-critical scenarios.
Get the lowest latency possible for any industrial use case through a fully automated service-delivery experience with Azure Private Edge ZonesPreview. With private LTE and 5G speed, bandwidth, and lower latency, Azure Private Edge Zones are ideal for optimizing the performance of connected robotics, big data analytics, mixed reality, and other automation-driven applications. Provision 5G/LTE Azure private mobile networks on Azure Stack Edge.
Azure Edge Zones allow partners and customers to combine Azure services with new technology and innovations in telecom, carrier, and other industry spaces. If you’re a technology provider and you’re interested in helping your customers to develop distributed mission-critical and latency-dependent applications across cloud, on-premises, and edge, consider joining the Azure Edge Zone partner network.Learn more about Azure Edge Zone partners
Get the latest Azure Edge Zone news and resources
Learn how to enable mobile edge compute, VNFs, and 5G with Azure in this video presentation from Microsoft Ignite.Watch the video
Read about Azure and AT&T’s alliance for delivering 5G at the edge.AT&T intergrating 5G with Microsoft cloud to enable next-generation solutions on the edge
Frequently asked questions
The first edge zones will be available in June 2020.
Azure Edge Zone with AT&T is currently available in North America and Azure Edge Zones will expand to more carriers in the future.
Read the checklist and guidance on how to join the preview.
Read the partner-specific guidance on requirements and onboarding.