Vapor IO, Crown Castle Bring Amazon Web Services to the Kinetic Edge

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Vapor IO and Crown Castle announced this week they teamed up to create a service that seamlessly interconnects Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge with Amazon Web Services (AWS) through Crown Castle’s high-speed Cloud Connect. The revolutionary product will allow a new class of mobile and wireless edge applications that span the continuum from edge to core, the companies said in a release.

IO’s Kinetic Edge customers can now start building edge applications that interconnect with AWS over an operator-grade fiber optic network. Built atop AWS Direct Connect, the collaboration will unlock a strong class of edge applications that divide the workloads and data between the mobile edge and centralized locations, delivering a seamless end-to-end experience.

“By directly connecting AWS services to applications at the Kinetic Edge, we’re bringing the full power of the cloud to the last mile wireless network, delivering the foundation of a true edge-to-core architecture for developers,” Vapor IO Founder and CEO Cole Crawford said in a statement. “We are aggressively rolling out the Kinetic Edge across a national footprint that will reach over 20 markets by the end of 2020 with a planned deployment of over 80 additional markets. By incorporating AWS Direct Connect into our last mile network, we enable seamless cloud integration for edge applications.”

Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge customers will also be able to build applications on AWS that can directly interact with Vapor IO’s tower-connected data centers at the edge of the cellular wireless network through Crown Castle’s dedicated high-speed fiber link. The newfound ability will let developers build wireless and mobile edge applications that can decrease network costs and increase bandwidth throughput, and enjoy a more reliable consistent network experience, rather than Internet-based connections.

Meanwhile, the developers who build applications at the Kinetic Edge will have a full suite of AWS cloud computing services to work with, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), and Amazon Relational Database (Amazon RDS). The capabilities can now leverage Crown Castle’s Cloud Connection Service, which allows customers to provision one or more 50Mbps to 500Mbps capacity AWS Direct Connect Hosted Connections between Kinetic Edge and AWS.

Crown Castle’s offering of Cloud Connect capabilities to the Kinetic Edge will allow customers to develop cloud-based mobile applications on AWS that can support edge workloads through a direct connection that can not only lower costs, but also deliver more reliability and throughput.

“Over the past two years, we’ve been working very closely with Vapor IO to build out their Kinetic Edge using our real estate and fiber assets in many US cities,” Crown Castle VP of Technology Phil Olivero said in a statement. “Chicago, the world’s first Kinetic Edge city, proved to be the ideal location for us to connect the Kinetic Edge directly to AWS. As Vapor IO rolls out the Kinetic Edge to new cities, we plan to extend our Cloud Connect to also connect to AWS in those locations. This will empower our mutual customers to build high-performance edge-enabled mobile applications using AWS.”

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Crown Castle’s Cloud Connect solution is available this week in 14 AWS Direct Connect locations in AWS U.S.-East and U.S.-West regions, supporting more than 32,000 locations in Crown Castle’s fiber network. The solution will also be available in most Kinetic Edge locations—Chicago will be the first. Vapor IO plans to deploy the Kinetic Edge to more U.S. citie: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle will be the first.

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