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What is AWS Wavelength? Everything You need To Know

In the modern era of 5G networks, consumers and companies want extremely conscious experiences. However, 5G data transmission 5G frequently requires switching between many networks to change application servers. Slow data transfer can reduce users’ interest. As a remedy, AWS has launched the AWS Wavelength. Utilizing well-known AWS settings and resources, you can build and extend apps closer to the users with AWS Wavelength, resulting in creative 5G applications and future user interfaces. In this comprehensive article we will go through What is AWS Wavelength, features of AWS Wavelength, Use cases of AWS Wavelength, Working of AWS Wavelength and everything you need to know about. 

Introduction to AWS Wavelength

AWS Wavelength is an infrastructure offering service developed specifically for mobile edge computing applications. Wavelength Zones are AWS infrastructure deployments integrated within the 5G networks of communication service providers (CSPs). This setup ensures that application traffic from 5G devices reaches application servers running in Wavelength Zones without exiting the telecommunications network. By avoiding the latency caused by multiple internet hops, this allows customers to fully leverage the low latency and high bandwidth benefits of modern 5G networks.

Using Wavelength, you can create Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) subnets and carrier gateways. You can also utilize services that manage or interact with EC2, EBS, and VPC, such as Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) clusters, Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) clusters, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, AWS CloudFormation, and AWS Application Load Balancer (ALB). 

AWS Wavelength Infrastructure services are part of a VPC(Virtual Private Cloud), which is connected to an AWS Region via a reliable, high bandwidth, providing easy access to additional services such as Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service).

Features of AWS Wavelength

1. Multiple Compute Instances

    Wavelength Zones support t3.medium, t3.xlarge and r5.2xlarge instances for applications that require cost-effective general purpose compute applications such as such as game streaming and machine learning (ML) inference for production line at the edge requiring GPU acceleration, Wavelength Zones support g4dn.2xlarge instances.

    2. EBS storage

      AWS Wavelength provides Elastic Block Store (EBS) gp2 volumes. You can use EBS gp2 volumes for boot or data volumes, and can attach or detach EBS volumes to EC2 instances. It provides snapshot and restore capabilities and allows you to increase volume size without any performance compromise. All EBS volumes and snapshots are fully encrypted by default. 

      3. Amazon VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) and Carrier Gateway

        Amazon VPCs can be extended to span multiple Availability Zones, including Wavelength Zones. Amazon EC2 related services will appear as part of the user’s regional VPC.

        Wavelength’s network setup component, the Carrier Gateway, enables connectivity from the user’s subnet in the Wavelength Zone to the communications service provider’s (CSP) network, the internet, or the AWS Region through the CSP’s network. The Carrier Gateway allows inbound traffic from a CSP network in a specific location, and outbound traffic to the telecommunications network and the internet.

        4. Management and Monitoring

          You can use familiar AWS tools like AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and others to run and manage workloads in Wavelength Zones as you do for other cloud workloads. You can use AWS Cost Explorer to monitor the cost of your projects.

          Key Concepts of AWS Wavelength

          Here are  some of the key concepts following:


          It is a new type of AWS infrastructure designed to run workloads that require low latency or edge resiliency.

          Wavelength Zone

          It is a zone in the carrier location where the Wavelength infrastructure is deployed. Wavelength Zones are linked with an AWS Region. A Wavelength Zone is a logical extension of the Wavelength Region.

          Wavelength Subnet

          It is a subnet that is created in a Wavelength Zone. You can create one or more subnets, and then run and manage AWS services in the subnet.

          VPC(Virtual Private Cloud)

          A consumer VPC that spans Availability Zones, Local Zones, and Wavelength Zones, and has deployed resources such as Amazon EC2 instances in the subnets that are connected with the zones.

          Wavelength Application

          It is an application that users run on an AWS resource in a Wavelength Zone.

          Carrier gateway

          A carrier gateway allows inbound traffic from a carrier network in a specific location, and allows outbound traffic to the carrier network and internet.

          Network Border Group

          It is a unique set of Availability Zones, Local Zones, or Wavelength Zones from which AWS advertises IP addresses.

          AWS Resource On Wavelength

          You can create Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EBS volumes, and Amazon VPC subnets and carrier gateways in Wavelength Zones. You can also use the following below given:

          • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
          • Amazon EKS clusters
          • Amazon ECS clusters
          • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager
          • Amazon CloudWatch
          • AWS CloudTrail
          • AWS CloudFormation

          Working with Wavelength

          You can create, access, and manage your EC2 resources, Wavelength Zones, and carrier gateways through any of the following below given interfaces. When you use any of the interfaces for your Wavelength Zones, use the parent Region.

          1. AWS Management Console

            AWS Management console offers a web interface that can be used to access your Wavelength resources.

            2. AWS Command Line Interface

              AWS CLI provides commands for a wide range of AWS services, including Amazon VPC, and is supported on Windows, macOS, and Linux. The services you use in Wavelength continue to use their own namespace, like Amazon EC2 uses the “ec2”, and Amazon EBS uses the “ebs”. 

              3. AWS Software Development Kit

                AWS SDKs provide language-based APIs and take care of many of the connection details, including calculating signatures, handling request retries, and handling errors.

                Use cases for AWS Wavelength

                AWS Wavelength Zones are used to accomplish a variety of goals. In this section we will give you a list of a few use cases of AWS Wavelength to give you an idea of the possibilities.

                1. Online Betting and Regulated Industries

                  AWS Wavelength provides edge resiliency for regulated industries, such as online sports betting. you can create highly-available architectures within state or country borders using a combination of AWS Wavelength existing AWS hybrid and edge services such as AWS Outposts or AWS Local Zones, 

                  2. Entertainment Industry

                    AWS Wavelength provides the low latency required for live streaming of HD video,  high-fidelity audio, and interactive experiences into live video streams. Real-time video analytics generates real-time statistics that enhance the live event experience.

                    3. Healthcare Industry

                      Using AWS Wavelength, medical training providers can offer mobile games and medical simulations for rare diseases and  diagnosis. Using AWS Wavelength doctors can experience an immersive training experience without procuring the often-required expensive equipment to do so.

                      4. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

                        On AWS Wavelength, by accessing computing resources, AR/VR applications can reduce the Motion to Photon (MTP) latencies to the benchmark. When you use AWS Wavelength, you can offer AR/VR in locations where it is not possible to run local system servers.

                        5. Cellular Vehicles to Everything

                          Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) is an increasing platform for enabling modern functionalities such as intelligent driving, real-time maps, and increased road safety. Low latency is needed to run data processing and analytics on AWS Wavelength that enables real-time monitoring of data from sensors on the vehicle. This enables secure connectivity, in-car telematics, and autonomous driving.

                          6. Smart Factories

                            Industrial automation applications use Machine Learning inference at the edge to analyze images and videos to detect quality issues on fast assembly lines and to trigger actions that fix the issues. With AWS Wavelength, these applications can be installed without having to use expensive, GPU-based servers on the factory floor.

                            7. Real-time gaming Experience

                              Real-time game streaming depends on low latency for better user experience. With AWS Wavelength, you can stream the most popular and demanding games from Wavelength Zones so that they are available on end devices that have limited processing power.

                              How to use AWS Wavelength?

                              Here we are giving you a quick overview of getting started with using Wavelength Zones for your low-latency applications. To use AWS Wavelength

                              • Start by signing up for an AWS account and configuring a VPC that includes subnets in Wavelength Zones.
                              • Set up a carrier gateway to provide traffic between your VPC and the carrier network.
                              • Launch EC2 instances in the Wavelength Zone subnets, and configure security groups and network ACLs(Access Control list) to manage traffic.
                              • Using AWS management tools like EC2 Auto Scaling, EKS, ECS, and AWS Systems Manager deploy your applications on these instances.
                              • Monitor and optimize your deployments with CloudWatch and CloudTrail.
                              • Your Wavelength applications can also access other AWS services in the region, such as DynamoDB and RDS, over a high-bandwidth connection.

                              Pricing of AWS Wavelength

                              AWS Wavelength provides computing infrastructure for mobile edge to build and scale ultra-low-latency applications by integrating AWS compute and storage services into 5G networks. To design and deploy such apps for 5G devices, you can create AWS resources like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes. Select the AWS Region and opt into an AWS Wavelength Zone in the console. There will be a price difference between AWS resources in WZs (Wavelength Zones) and the parent region. Only on-demand EC2 instances are available in WZs. You can use Wavelength Zones with your instance savings plan.

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                                    Concludingly AWS Wavelength is a AWS infrastructure specifically designed to host applications requiring ultra-low latency directly within 5G networks. By deploying AWS compute and storage services at the edge in Wavelength Zones, app developers can build high-performance applications for 5G devices and IoT devices. This integration decreases latency by processing data closer to end-users, optimizing the performance and responsiveness of applications. AWS Wavelength thus allows businesses to capitalize on the low-latency benefits of 5G networks, enhancing user experience and enabling new use cases in industries such as gaming, healthcare, and autonomous vehicles. Still if you have any queries feel free to reach us.