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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Written By: langdon on July 25, 2009 No Comment

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon now has new security features for its Amazon Web Services aimed at luring new enterprise business. The big news is a feature called Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, or Amazon VPC, which enables businesses to connect to Amazon’s flexible AWS resources using an industry-standard virtual private network connection. Amazon also announced that it’s enabling support for multi-factor authentication, a login practice that uses a physical device to add an extra element of security.

Using VPNs and multi-factor authentication schemes is common practice at companies, so adding them to Amazon’s cloud-based infrastructure makes working with AWS more like business as usual. The significance is that Amazon is going after more than it has in the past–the enterprise market.

Businesses also should be able to incorporate Amazon’s cloud-based services into their existing infrastructure with less hassle and more security. That affords a flexible pool of resources that enterprises can attach to their own data centers using existing security mechanisms.

Here’s how it works: Set up a private cloud within Amazon’s virtualization infrastructure and use a VPN to connect it to your private internal network. From there, you can launch a virtual machine–called an instance–that will work like any other machine in your data center. VPC makes using Amazon’s cloud easier by circumventing the need for figuring out how to get information to and from the cloud via the public Internet.

Amazon’s new features will allow businesses to carve out isolated cloud resources for their own private network without ever having to connect them to the public Internet. Second–and perhaps more important–Amazon VPC works with software licenses in such a way that businesses can run their virtualized applications in the cloud as if they were installed in computers.

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