Amazon Web Services upgrades VPC to look more like traditional network asset

Summary:Amazon Web Services on Tuesday said it has expanded its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) with additional enterprise networking options that include selecting what resources can access the Internet.

Amazon Web Services on Tuesday said it has expanded its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) with additional enterprise networking options that include selecting what resources can access the Internet.

The move is likely to be welcome for data center admins. Before the VPC upgrade, Amazon compute customers had to provision a private VPC only available through a virtual private network connected to a data center. Now the VPC will be available to the Internet and companies won't need a VPN to tap Amazon resources.

Simply put, the VPC schema will resemble a more traditional data center and fit in with existing data center operations. Amazon customers can control the IP address range, subnets, gateways and other configurations.

In a blog post, AWS said:

You can now create a network topology in the AWS cloud that closely resembles the one in your physical data center including public, private, and DMZ subnets. Instead of dealing with cables, routers, and switches you can design and instantiate your network programmatically. You can use the AWS Management Console, the command line tools, or the APIs. This means that you could store your entire network layout in abstract form, and then realize it on demand.

Topics: Data Centers, Amazon, Hardware, Networking, Storage

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