Virtual private clouds - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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Virtual private clouds

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables you to define a virtual network in your own logically isolated area within the Amazon cloud, known as a virtual private cloud (VPC). You can launch your Amazon EC2 resources, such as instances, into the subnets of your VPC. Your VPC closely resembles a traditional network that you might operate in your own data center, with the benefits of using scalable infrastructure from Amazon. You can configure your VPC; you can select its IP address range, create subnets, and configure route tables, network gateways, and security settings. You can connect instances in your VPC to the internet or to your own data center.

When you create your Amazon account, we create a default VPC for you in each Region. A default VPC is a VPC that is already configured and ready for you to use. You can launch instances into your default VPC immediately. Alternatively, you can create your own nondefault VPC and configure it as you need.

If you created your Amazon account before 2013-12-04, you might have support for the EC2-Classic platform in some regions. If you created your Amazon account after 2013-12-04, it does not support EC2-Classic, so you must launch your resources in a VPC. For more information, see EC2-Classic.

Amazon VPC documentation

For more information about Amazon VPC, see the following documentation.

Guide Description

Amazon VPC User Guide

Describes key concepts and provides instructions for using the features of Amazon VPC.

Amazon VPC Peering Guide

Describes VPC peering connections and provides instructions for using them.

Amazon VPC Transit Gateways

Describes transit gateways and provides instructions for configuring and using them.

Amazon Site-to-Site VPN User Guide

Describes Site-to-Site VPN connections and provides instructions for configuring and using them.