Amazon Bridges Corporate IT with the Cloud via New Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) LLC, an company, has announced a limited public beta of its new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) service, a secure and seamless bridge between a company's existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud. The service helps enterprises overcome a major obstacle to adoption of the cloud.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an company, has announced a limited public beta of its new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) service, a secure and seamless bridge between a company's existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud.

"This is a secure bridge between existing enterprise IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud, Adam Selipsky, Amazon Web Services' vice president of product management and developer relations told eWEEK in an interview at AWS offices here. "This allows enterprises to bring over IP addressing and bring over VPN and familiar infrastructure to include the cloud," he said.

Indeed, Amazon VPC enables enterprises to connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend their existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include their AWS resources, the company said. And Amazon VPC integrates today with Amazon EC2 compute resources, and will integrate with other AWS services in the future, Selipsky said.

Amazon announced the release of Amazon VPC on Aug. 26, along with supporting press material and blog posts.

"One of the most significant barriers to adoption of the cloud has been the need to both maintain existing infrastructure and separately run resources in the cloud," Selipsky said. Amazon's new VPC eliminates this barrier. "Enterprises don't want to have to open up a second front to their internal infrastructure, so Amazon VPC is built to solve that problem. Customers will have all the benefits of their own IT infrastructure along with all the benefits of the cloud, including flexibility, elasticity, reliability, security, etc."

As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no long-term contracts, minimum spend or up-front investments required. With Amazon VPC, you pay only for the resources you use. To get started using Amazon VPC, visit

"Pricing is very simple and familiar," Selipsky said. "Like other AWS services, it's pay-as-you-go -- five cents per hour per VPN connection."

"For the last three years, AWS has provided companies of all sizes with on-demand, highly elastic and highly reliable technology resources in the cloud," said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services, in a statement. "As more and more enterprises leverage the cloud, they want a simple, seamless way to migrate their large and complex IT infrastructures to AWS, and to use the security and management controls that their IT teams already know. We built Amazon VPC for this purpose-to allow any company to seamlessly connect their existing resources to the AWS cloud as if it were a part of their own datacenter."

With Amazon VPC, AWS customers can create an isolated set of AWS resources that they then access via an industry-standard encrypted IPSec VPN connection, Amazon officials said. Using a few simple API calls, users create their isolated network, specify the IP address range of their own choosing, and then launch Amazon EC2 instances into that network, Selipsky said. Next, users create a secure VPN to bridge those AWS resources to their existing IT infrastructure. Cloud traffic bound for the Internet routes over the VPN where it is examined by the customer's existing security and networking technologies before heading to the public Internet, Amazon said. With Amazon VPC, customers can access their resources running in the AWS cloud as if these assets were running within their existing IT infrastructure, the company said.

Selipsky said initially Amazon VPC will run as a limited public beta -- which follows a private beta that has been in effect for several months now -- but the number of organizations allowed to participate will grow over time. And initially each company will have one VPC, whereas in the future they can have multiple VPCs. However, each company participating in the beta will be able to have 20 subnets under their VPC, Selipsky said.

"The service is fully functional, fully secure and ready to run real and meaningful workloads from day one," Selipsky said. "It's ready for production use."