Amazon Web Services Announces Virtual Private Cloud Wizard and Other Updates
Amazon Web Services announced several updates to its Virtual Private Cloud service today. The VPC service lets customers create a slice of private, isolated space within the AWS cloud that is only available through a VPN connection. Today, AWS announced several updates to the service, including a wizard for easier VPC creation, improved access controls and the ability to access VPC resources without a VPN connection.
AWS has been seen as a developer-centric, rather than enterprise, cloud solution due to its limited support and lack of management options. New management tools like the ones announced today and CloudFormation, along with the platform-as-a-service offering Elastic Beanstalk, may help turn this situation around.
According to the Amazon Web Serivces blog, the new features include:
- A new VPC Wizard to streamline the setup process for a new VPC.
- Full control of network topology including subnets and routing.
- Access controls at the subnet and instance level, including rules for outbound traffic.
- Internet access via an Internet Gateway.
- Elastic IP Addresses for EC2 instances within a VPC.
- Support for Network Address Translation (NAT).
- Option to create a VPC that does not have a VPN connection.
The blog goes into more detail about the features.