We are excited to announce greatly expanded functionality of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) that opens up the virtual networking capabilities of Amazon VPC to a much broader set of use cases. Before today, you could provision a private, isolated section of the AWS cloud and launch AWS resources into that VPC that were only accessible via an IPsec Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to your corporate datacenter. With today’s announcement, you no longer need a VPN or existing infrastructure resources in order to leverage Amazon VPC, but can also connect to your VPC directly through the Internet – you define the virtual network that you wish to use.
With Amazon VPC, you can define a virtual network topology that closely resembles a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter. You have complete control over your virtual networking environment, including selection of your own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways. You can easily customize the network configuration for your Amazon VPC. For example, you can create a public-facing subnet for your webservers that have access to the Internet, and place your backend systems such as databases or application servers in a private-facing subnet with no Internet access.
To learn more about Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, visit the Amazon VPC web page.