We’re back from China last Saturday night and, predictably, I’m swamped catching up on three weeks worth of queued work. The trip was wonderful (China Trip) but it’s actually good to be back at work. Things are changing incredibly quickly industry-wide and it’s a fun time to be part of AWS.
An AWS feature I’ve been looking particularly looking forward to seeing announced is Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). It went into private beta two nights back. VPC allows customers to extend their private networks to the cloud through a virtual private network (VPN) to access their Amazon Web Service Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances with the security they are used to having on their corporate networks. This one is a game changer.
Virtual Private Cloud news coverage: http://news.google.com/news/search?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=amazon+virtual+private+cloud.
Werner Vogels on VPC: Seamlessly Extending the Data Center – Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud.
With VPC, customers can have applications running on EC2 “on” their private corporate networks and accessible only from their corporate networks just like any other locally hosted application. This is important because it makes it easier to put enterprise applications in the cloud and support the same access right and restrictions that customers are used to enforcing on locally hosted resources. Applications can more easily move between private, enterprise data centers and the cloud and hybrid deployments are easier to create and more transparent.
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