Organizations looking to move any development into the cloud have yet another reason to choose Amazon as the company rolls out virtual private clouds to new instances of its EC2 computing system.

Hybrid Clouds a Bridge to the Enterprise

As some of the largest companies in the world begin to look to the cloud, Amazon has been chipping away at those businesses' unwillingness to fully embrace it. These are the kinds of companies who have the biggest IT departments that mostly handle their own on site systems instead of hiring it out to the likes of Amazon.

For those companies who have been testing out cloud configurations, it has mostly been in limited uses, and only done in conjunction with their own on site layouts. Amazon is tackling this issue by now offering a similar hybrid layout for just those kinds of projects.

Default VPCs Rolling Out by Region

The virtual private clouds debuted back in 2009, and they need to created by the customer. Now, Amazon is offering to set up VPCs included in any new EC2 instance or provisioned Elastic Load Balancers, RDS Databases or ElastiCache clusters.

When those new instances or services are provisioned, Amazon will now include the VPC, setup included, for free. The rollout is limited only to new instances or new customers, starting with those located in the Asia Pacific and South America Regions.


Accounts are ready to go with a default VPC if the AWS Management Console says the EC2-VPC is supported.

Current EC2 customers will have to launch a new instance or provision new services in one of the above regions in order to get the free VPC. Amazon will rollout the feature to the other worldwide regions over the next few weeks.

Allowing customers even more computing flexibility is proving to be a winning formula for Amazon, and even the powerful search giant Google is having trouble keeping up. Google launched new Compute Engine instances last fall only to see Amazon do the same just a week later.

Amazon is making it easier than ever to launch cloud applications that are accessible from anywhere, and doing it rather cheaply. When enterprises really start embracing the cloud, Amazon will be in a good position. The only problem is those enterprises tend to move pretty slow, so there's still a chance Google can catch it.