Networking & Content Delivery

Tag: Hybrid Connectivity

Hybrid Networking using VPC Endpoints (AWS PrivateLink) and Amazon CloudWatch for Financial Services

Amazon CloudWatch offers a centralized service to collect monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events. This provides a unified view of AWS resources, applications, and services that run on AWS and on-premises servers. When you have Amazon CloudWatch agents running on-premises, the default behavior is to export the collected metrics […]

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Simulating Site-to-Site VPN Customer Gateways Using strongSwan

Have you ever needed to demonstrate or gain hands-on experience with AWS site-to-site VPN capabilities, but didn’t know how to easily implement the on-premises side of a VPN connection? This post shows how to use an AWS CloudFormation template to easily deploy the open source strongSwan VPN solution to simulate an on-premises customer gateway in […]

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Testing AWS Direct Connect Resiliency with Resiliency Toolkit – Failover Testing

When deploying workloads in AWS, having highly resilient and fault-tolerant hybrid network connectivity is key to a well-architected system. Frequently testing this resiliency with simulated failure scenarios is important to ensure business continuity. The new Resiliency Toolkit – Failover Testing feature enables you to easily test the resiliency of your Direct Connect connections. In this […]

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Creating active passive BGP connections over AWS Direct Connect

Creating active/passive BGP connections over AWS Direct Connect

There are many ways to connect your data centers to Amazon Web Services. This blog post answers a few common questions that customers ask us when trying to build a communications path over AWS Direct Connect (DX). In particular, how to create active passive Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) connections with AWS over Direct Connect. To […]

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Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for AWS Direct Connect virtual interfaces

AWS Direct Connect (DX) recently launched support for virtual interface (VIF) metrics in Amazon CloudWatch. With this new enhancement, CloudWatch can now track metrics at the DX VIF level and provide greater insight into utilization. You can set up alarms based on metrics and trigger actions to remediate problems. I’ve heard from many customers that […]

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Authenticate AWS Client VPN users with SAML

Introduction Authenticating users to applications and services on the web and at scale can be challenging. Having a separate set of credentials for each application is not an efficient approach. It is difficult to manage for IT departments and doesn’t provide a good experience for users. A common way to solve this challenge is to use […]

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Scale your Remote VPN on AWS

Scale your Remote Access VPN on AWS

AWS gives you the ability to extend existing on-premises remote access VPN solutions to the cloud. This not only allows access to resources within AWS, but using hybrid connectivity, also to on-premises resources. VPN clients use AWS internet connectivity as an entry point, and the flexibility of Amazon EC2 to scale capacity behind remote access […]

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Using AWS Client VPN to scale your work from home capacity

Using AWS Client VPN to scale your work from home capacity

Traditional on-premises VPN services are fixed in capacity and difficult to scale up, or down, in a rapid and on-demand fashion. Hardware constraints, licensing, and bandwidth can all be factors that prevent traditional client VPN services from scaling to meet the needs of a rapidly growing mobile workforce. Fortunately, the elasticity of cloud and pay-as-you-go […]

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Using Microsoft Active Directory MFA with AWS Client VPN

You can now enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users connecting to an AWS Client VPN endpoint. This solution is ideal for organizations that want additional security when remote users are accessing AWS or on-premises resources. MFA improves the authentication process by requiring more than a user name, password, and certificate (the first factor). MFA requires […]

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Introducing AWS Client VPN to Securely Access AWS and On-Premises Resources

Update March 17, 2020 – With recent events, the need to provide a remote workforce with secured connectivity is greater than ever. It comes as no surprise that this post (originally published on December 19, 2018) is receiving a lot of traffic. The content is still relevant today, so we’re publishing it again to make it […]

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