Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is a service that lets you launch AWS resources in a logically isolated virtual network that you define. 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 use both IPv4 and IPv6 for most resources in your VPC, helping to ensure secure and easy access to resources and applications.

As one of AWS's foundational services, Amazon VPC makes it easy to customize your VPC's network configuration. You can create a public-facing subnet for your web servers that have access to the internet. It also lets you place your backend systems, such as databases or application servers, in a private-facing subnet with no internet access. Amazon VPC lets you to use multiple layers of security, including security groups and network access control lists, to help control access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in each subnet.

Amazon VPC features

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) provides the following features that let you increase and monitor security for your VPC.

Flow Logs

You can monitor your VPC flow logs delivered to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon CloudWatch to gain operational visibility into your network dependencies and traffic patterns, detect anomalies and prevent data leakage, and troubleshoot network connectivity and configuration issues. The enriched metadata in flow logs helps you learn more about who initiated your TCP connections and the packet-level source and destination for traffic flowing through intermediate layers (such as a NAT gateway). You can also archive your flow logs to assist in meeting certain compliance requirements. Learn how to get started with this feature here.

IP Address Manager (IPAM)

IPAM makes it easier for you to plan, track, and monitor IP addresses for your AWS workloads. IPAM automates IP address assignments to your Amazon VPC, removing the need to use homegrown or spreadsheet-based planning applications. It also enhances your network observability by showing IP usage across multiple accounts and VPCs in a unified operational view.

IP Addressing

IP addresses enable resources in your VPC to communicate with each other and with resources over the internet. Amazon VPC supports both the IPv4 and IPv6 addressing protocols. In a VPC, you can create IPv4-only, dual-stack, and IPv6-only subnets and launch Amazon EC2 instances in these subnets. Amazon also gives you multiple options to assign public IP addresses to your instances. You can use the Amazon provided public IPv4 addresses, Elastic IPv4 addresses, or an IP address from the Amazon provided IPv6 CIDRs. Apart from this, you have the option to bring your own IPv4 or IPv6 addresses within the Amazon VPC that can be assigned to these instances. You can read more about IP addressing in your VPC here.

Ingress Routing

With this feature, you can route all incoming and outgoing traffic flowing to/from an internet gateway or virtual private gateway to a specific Amazon EC2 instance’s elastic network interface. Configure your virtual private cloud to send all traffic to a gateway or an Amazon EC2 instance before it reaches your business workloads. Learn more about this feature here.

Network Access Analyzer

Network Access Analyzer helps you verify that your network on AWS conforms to your network security and compliance requirements. Network Access Analyzer lets you specify your network security and compliance requirements, and identifies unintended network access that does not meet your specified requirements. You can use Network Access Analyzer to understand network access to your resources, helping you identify improvements to your cloud security posture and easily demonstrate compliance.

Network Access Control List

A network access control list (network ACL) is an optional layer of security for your VPC that acts as a firewall for controlling traffic in and out of one or more subnets. You might set up network ACLs with rules similar to those of your security groups. Read about the differences between security groups and network ACLs here.

Reachability Analyzer

This static configuration analysis tool enables you to analyze and debug network reachability between two resources in your VPC. After you specify the source and destination resources, Reachability Analyzer produces hop-by-hop details of the virtual path between them when they are reachable, and identifies the blocking component when they are unreachable. Learn how to get started with this feature here.

Security Groups

Create security groups to act as a firewall for associated Amazon EC2 instances, controlling inbound and outbound traffic at the instance level. When you launch an instance, you can associate it with one or more security groups. If you don’t specify a group, the instance is automatically associated with the VPC’s default group. Each instance in your VPC can belong to a different set of groups. Learn more about security groups here.

Traffic Mirroring

This feature allows you to copy network traffic from an elastic network interface of Amazon EC2 instances and send it to out-of-band security and monitoring appliances for deep packet inspection. You can detect network and security anomalies, gain operational insights, implement compliance and security controls, and troubleshoot issues. Traffic Mirroring gives you direct access to the network packets flowing through your VPC. Learn how to get started with this feature here.

Using other AWS resources with Amazon VPC

There are many resources that can be used with your virtual private cloud (VPC):

Easily connect Amazon VPCs, AWS accounts, and on-premises networks to a single gateway.
Establish private connectivity between VPCs and services hosted on AWS or on-premises, without exposing data to the internet.
Deploy network security across your Amazon VPCs with just a few clicks.
Extend your on-premises networks to the cloud and securely access them from anywhere.
Allow your VPC private subnet workloads to access the internet while preventing the internet from initiating a connection with those instances

Intended Usage and Restrictions

Your use of this service is subject to the Amazon Web Services Customer Agreement.

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