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Amazon Web Services, which launched its

first product (Simple Storage Service) five years ago this month, revealed

March 15 that it has redesigned the access to its Virtual Private Cloud


Users now can set up their own virtual networks within the Amazon cloud that

they can control just as they control their own physical data center networks.

Amazon VPC now lets users specify which of their Amazon VPC resources they

want to make directly accessible from their Internet connection and which they

would like to maintain behind their firewalls.

Previously, Amazon Elastic Cloud (EC2) users would provision a private

section of the AWS cloud and launch AWS resources into it that were only

accessible via a virtual private network (VPN) connection to a physical

enterprise data center.

As a result, Amazon VPC was not directly accessible. Because VPNs in general

are notorious for connectivity problems, interruptions in services were all too

common. Starting on March 15, enterprises will no longer require a VPN or

existing infrastructure resources in order to use the Amazon VPC, the

Seattle-based company said.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Amazon Enables Cloud Services to Act More Physical.