Azure Private Edge Zones (APEZ) are small-footprint extensions of Azure that are placed on-premises. Azure Private Edge Zone is based on the Azure Stack Edge (ASE) platform. It enables low latency access to computing and storage services deployed on-premises. Private Edge Zone allows you to deploy applications from Independent Software Vendor (ISVs) and Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) as Azure managed applications, along with virtual machines and containers on-premises.

The VNFs can include mobile packet cores, routers, firewalls, and SD-WAN appliances. Azure Private Edge Zones with a cloud-native orchestration solution allow you to manage the lifecycles of VNFs and applications from the Azure portal. For more information, see Edge Zones Overview.

Note: Microsoft plans to rename Azure Private Edge Zones to Azure Private Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) by the end of June, 2021.

VMware SD-WAN Edges are deployed on Azure Private Edge Zones at customer's branches. The SD-WAN Edges on Private Edge Zones provide zero-touch enterprise-class appliances that provide secure optimized connectivity to private, public and hybrid applications, compute, and virtualized services. SD-WAN Edges on Private Edge Zones perform deep application recognition, application and packet steering, performance metrics and end to end quality of service. VMware SD-WAN assures enterprise and cloud application performance over Internet and hybrid WAN while simplifying deployments and reducing costs.