Amazon Expands Reach of Virtual Private Cloud, Adds Enterprise Features
Amazon Web Services has extended the reach of its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud solution and has launched new dedicated networking and identity-management solutions for its enterprise customers.
Adam Selipsky, vice president at AWS (Amazon Web Services), told eWEEK Amazon is announcing new capabilities for customers designed to support the security, network-management, dedicated-connectivity, and identity-management requirements of enterprises when deploying mission-critical applications in the cloud.
"We're announcing three things, all enterprise-focused around network and identity," Selipsky said. "We're seeing continued strong growth and enterprise adoption, and we're continuing to add features and capabilities that are important to our enterprise customers."
Part one of the three-part announcement is that AWS (Amazon Web Services) has extended Amazon VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) to all AWS Regions, enabling enterprises to launch their Amazon VPC environments in the U.S. East and West Coasts, Europe, Singapore and Tokyo, and in multiple AWS Availability Zones within each Region.
Announced in 2009, Amazon VPC enables businesses to provision a private section of AWS, where they can then launch AWS resources in a virtual network that they define and control, including the selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways. This gives enterprises a simple and seamless way to leverage AWS while using the same security and management controls already familiar to their business. Enterprises can connect to their Amazon VPC via VPN or through an Internet connection. Starting Aug. 4, enterprises can now also connect multiple networks, such as branch offices, to each other as well as to their central corporate Amazon VPC environment. To get started using Amazon VPC, click here.
In part two of the news, AWS also announced AWS Direct Connect, a new service that enables enterprises to bypass the Internet and deliver data to and from AWS via a private network connection. With a private connection, enterprises can increase bandwidth throughput, reduce networking latency and costs, and provide a more consistent network experience when moving data between AWS and their data centers. AWS's pay-as-you-go pricing with no minimum commitment means enterprises pay only for the network ports used and the data transferred out from AWS over the connection; data transfer into AWS is free of charge. AWS Direct Connect is available today in Virginia, and from this location, customers can connect to services in the AWS U.S.-East (Virginia) Region. Additional AWS Direct Connect locations are planned for the San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose), Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Singapore in the next several months, Selipsky said. To get started using AWS Direct Connect, visit here.