Posted On: Dec 18, 2018

AWS Client VPN is a new managed service that provides you with the ability to securely access your AWS and on-premises networks from anywhere, using OpenVPN-based clients.

Employees often need to access company resources while off premises, such as at home or on the road. Until today, to enable access, you could run a hardware VPN appliance in your data center or deploy a software-based VPN appliance on Amazon EC2. Setup, security, and maintenance of self-managed client-based VPN solutions present an operational challenge and ongoing burden. Unforeseen events, such as a snow day, could require a large number of employees to connect from a remote location and further strain your VPN. It often led to reduced VPN availability for employees.

With AWS Client VPN, you can now provide highly available and secure VPN access to all your employees regardless of their location. AWS Client VPN is a pay-as-you-go fully-managed service, eliminating the need to deal with the capital expense of buying hardware VPN appliances, or the operational complexity of scaling and patching. Customers can choose certificate-based or Active Directory authentication, and benefit from tighter security controls by defining access control rules based on Active Directory groups. Using a single console, you can easily monitor and manage all of your VPN connections. AWS Client VPN allows you to choose from OpenVPN-based clients, giving your employees the option to use the device of their choice, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.

AWS Client VPN is available in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions. Support for other AWS Regions is coming soon.

For more information, see the AWS VPN product page, as well as the administrator and user documentation.