Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud enables you to launch AWS resources into a virtual network that you have defined. This virtual network closely resembles a traditional network that you’d operate in your own data center, with the benefits of using the scalable infrastructure of AWS.

Why use Amazon VPC

Secure and monitored network connections

VPC provides advanced security features that allow you to perform inbound and outbound filtering at the instance and subnet level. Additionally, you can store data and restrict access so that it’s only accessible from instances inside your VPC. VPC also has monitoring features that let you perform functions like out-of-band monitoring and inline traffic inspection, which help you screen and secure traffic.

Simple set-up and use

With the cloud computing provider VPC's simple set-up, you spend less time setting up, managing, and validating, so you can concentrate on building the applications that run in your VPCs. You can create a VPC easily and once you select from common network setups and find the best match for your needs, VPC automatically creates the subnets, IP ranges, route tables, and security groups you need.

Customizable virtual network

VPC helps you control your virtual networking environment by letting you choose your own IP Address range, create your own subnets, and configure route tables to any available gateways. You can customize the network configuration by creating a public-facing subnet for your web servers that has access to the internet. With VPC, you can ensure that your virtual private cloud is configured to fit your specific business needs.

Host a simple, public-facing website

Host a basic web application, such as a blog or simple website, in a VPC and gain the additional layers of privacy and security afforded by a VPC. You can help secure the website by creating security group rules which allow the web server to respond to inbound HTTP and SSL requests from the internet while simultaneously prohibiting the web server from initiating outbound connections to the internet.

Back up and recover your data after a disaster

By using VPC for disaster recovery, you receive all the benefits of a disaster recovery site at a fraction of the cost. You can periodically back up critical data from your data center. To ensure business continuity, VPC allows you to quickly launch replacement compute capacity. When the disaster is over, you can send your mission critical data back to your data center and terminate the instances that you no longer need.

Extend your corporate network into the cloud

Move corporate applications to the cloud, launch additional web servers, or add more compute capacity to your network by connecting your VPC to your corporate network. Because your VPC can be hosted behind your corporate firewall, you can seamlessly move your IT resources into the cloud without changing how your users access these applications.