Ever thought that the cloud is not secure enough for your organization to even consider adopting it? You may want to give that thought another swirl. And the reason for that is the new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

Albeit in limited beta, the offering aims to provide the best of the both worlds by securely bridging your existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud-based resources in hybrid architectures.

What Can Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Do For Me?

Amazon VPC allows organizations to connect their existing infrastructures to a set of dedicated AWS machines via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Yes, it’s the same mechanism as when you’re trying to get onto your company’s network from a remote location.

Your existing approaches to security services, firewalls and intrusion detection systems can be applied to your AWS resources.

Also in the package:

  • Isolated Network Access using a specific IP address range with traffic encrypted by IPsec VPN.
  • Create your own subnets and gateways and configure secure connectivity
  • Access to global network infrastructure and datacenters
  • Amazon VPC functionality via the EC2 API and command-line tools
  • Use of Amazon CloudWatch to monitor your instances

Right now, Amazon VPC integrates with Amazon EC2 only. Integrations with other AWS parts are planned for the future.

How to Get Your Hands on the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon VPC is available on the U.S. East coast only at this time and is limited to one VPC per AWS account.

There’s no up-front fee, minimum spend or long-term commitments. VPCs, subnets, customer gateways and VPN gateways are free.

You pay as you go, on an hourly basis, for each VPN connection you create, and for the data transferred through those VPN connections. EC2 instances within your VPC are priced at the normal On-Demand rate.

Need more info? Want to get access? Head over to the Amazon VPC product page.

Is this the ultimate solution for security concerns? Hardly. Can it support regulatory compliance requirements in the cloud? The short answer is “no.” But, hey, it’s not a bad start.