Azure Edge Zones

Provide rich, seamless customer experiences in real time with ultra-low-latency edge compute capabilities.

Solve edge latency issues with 5G

Virtually eliminate low 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, edge computing 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

Get secure workloads, latency-sensitive data analytics, IoT, and media services.

Real-time IoT and AI analytics

Optimize, build, and innovate robotics, mixed reality, and automation tools.

New frontiers for developers

Work with high-density graphics and real-time operations in industries such as gaming and mobile platforms.

Optimize your architecture for 5G networks

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 Zones news and resources

Frequently asked questions

  • Azure Edge Zones with AT&T is currently available in North America. 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.

Find out how to join the preview

Learn more