Amazon Enables Cloud Services to Act More Physical
Enterprises can now provision resources in a secure section of AWS Cloud and use a virtual network to determine which resources can be accessed via the Internet and which can only be accessed privately.Amazon Web Services, which launched its first product (Simple Storage Service) five years ago this month, revealed March 15 that it has redesigned the access to its Virtual Private Cloud service. Users now can set up their own virtual networks within the Amazon cloud that they can control just as they control their own physical data center networks.
Amazon VPC now lets users specify which of their Amazon VPC resources they want to make directly accessible from their Internet connection and which they would like to maintain behind their firewalls.
- Create an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud on AWS' scalable infrastructure and specify its private IP address range from any range they choose.
- Divide Amazon VPC's private IP address range into one or more public or private subnets to facilitate running applications and services in Amazon VPC.
- Control inbound and outbound access to and from individual subnets using network access control lists.
- Store data in Amazon S3 and set permissions so the data can only be accessed from within Amazon VPC.
- Attach an Amazon Elastic IP Address to any Amazon VPC instance so it can be reached directly from the Internet.
- Bridge Amazon VPC and an enterprise's own IT infrastructure with an encrypted VPN connection, extending enterprises' existing security and management policies to Amazon VPC instances as if they were running within an existing data center.