Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you provision a logically isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define.

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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Shyamal S.
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"Virtual AWS Private cloud for you."

What do you like best?

Amazon VPC is a virtual private cloud that helps you to setup a logically isolated cloud system that can be launched and used from a virtual network that you define.It helps us make our private resources private and the services that we develop for private usage within our organization can be hosted and ran on cloud with VPC and even it helps you preserve your privacy.It develops a physically isolated environment for your service which consists of required services from aws and can be accessed from a series of IP ranges only which you specify.It is a great service for running private services on cloud.

What do you dislike?

I have used Amazon VPC for around a while and it has served best like any other service of AWS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using Amazon VPC to the cloud developers when your clients require a private cloud architecture to keep their data and services private and protect it from being accessed by any third person.Amazon VPC is a very good service provided by amazon that helps you built a virtual logical environment of cloud where only limited ranges of ip can access to keep it private.So I recommend you to use amazon VPC and it also has quite large support available and is also cost effective.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working in a company which provides cloud solutions to our clients.Sometimes our clients require the usage of VPC when they are a large multinational organization and would like to keep their web service or app to be private to their organization over the globe only.For such clients we prefer using Amazon VPC.I have used it for many of my clients and it worked wonderful for them.

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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Chris N.
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"VPC review"

What do you like best?

VPC makes it simple to create virtual datacenters that we can peer together as needed or isolate as needed. It's simple to configure and hand off to another team to manage, and traditional network engineers seem to be able to adapt fairly easily.

What do you dislike?

VPN connectivity to VPCs from various locations outside of AWS seem to be very unstable. The link seems to go down frequently despite traffic being sent across the VPNs. Link stability could be improved on the VPN to VPC side.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were tasked with migration on premise workloads into the cloud. After writing some terraform to stand up VPCs and configure them we realized the benefit of having infrastructure as code. What used to take months to provision in a traditional datacenter can be accomplished in about 20-30 minutes in AWS VPC.

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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by User in Restaurants
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"Amazon VPC is a great resource to leverage"

What do you like best?

With Amazon VPC, network segmentation becomes a reality, increasing the security posture of your cloud-native apps, with easy-to-use security groups (Firewalls) to monitor access between VPCs. Amazon has done a great job enabling organizations to have a good, Defense in Depth security posture with the introduction of VPCs.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing that I can think of that I dislike about Amazon VPCs. It's been extremely helpful in offering more secure ways for developers to build cloud apps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking into using Amazon VPC, get yourself comfortable with Security groups, IAM, and Security Roles. These will be extremely helpful to know when setting up VPC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One specific example that this offers is the ability to have Amazon Lambdas run inside a VPC, so a Lambda can access an RDS instance that lies within the "Data" VPC.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Arpit P.
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"VPC is the most important feature of AWS"

What do you like best?

VPC has given us significantly more adaptability to make secure administrations facilitated on AWS by taking into consideration inner systems that are accessible just to us. The interface is generally basic and you don't should be a Citrix ensured designer to make your own surroundings. It gives you a chance to have a protected virtual cloud on AWS.

What do you dislike?

Some components like VPC stream logs are not yet upheld by CloudFormation. I'd lean toward that to be least 5 in order to get more subtle elements from the basic VPC assets. This may be the greatest weakness if IPv6 backing is required. I've been a client since they initially dispatched VPC, and it was hard to comprehend and use to start with. Some of the phrasing utilized all through the administrator interface is somewhat dark, and the relationship among various administrations could be made clearer;

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overall, our needs were catered to. It gives numerous layers of securities and agreeable setups. particularly for system security, while conversing with our client or proposing our clients to move from existing system to cloud, we stick point the VPC security and its straightforwardness highlights. Lots of our stuff does not should be web confronting and VPC is ideal for that.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Administrator
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"VPC is the way to go"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of setting up any number of VPCs, with it's own set of subnet ranges. The VPC Peering feature really allows to segragate different application models.

What do you dislike?

The lack of sharing security groups between VPCs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Treating VPCs like microservices - Instead of having one massive VPC with all EC2 machines that do a number of different things, breaking them out into a multi--VPC setup really helps manage the different solutions and allows for better logging, tracking of information. The plus side of having mutli-VPC set up, is that one VPC can be a public VPC and the reaminig can be Private, which allows end users access to one service in one VPC. If one or any of the VPCs become compromised, disconnecting for the VPC Peering, makes it an orphan VPC that does not have access to any other services, even if Securitys Groups allow it to be wide open.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Adam .
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"VPC - your personal private cloud"

What do you like best?

Virtual Private Cloud allow you to create dedicated, fully separated environments with it's own network. Most important features are: NACL - firewall on Subnet level, EIP - routable IP on demand, ability to chose between NAT instance, NAT gateway and internet gateway, easily accessible route tables and vpc peering which allow you to connect with other VPC (you need to have different IPv4 CIDR block in each of connected VPC ).

What do you dislike?

Lack of tagging for EIP, it would be nice if NACL were stateful not stateless, lack of Layer 2 and build in network debugging tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can't create big, secure environment in AWS without it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Production, staging and DR environment separation.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Manil C.
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"Amazon VPC is the first thing to setup when starting your AWS journey"

What do you like best?

Amazon VPC stands for Virtual Private Cloud, it's a great product by Amazon that enables us to secure the perimeter for other services. It is the first thing to setup when starting your AWS journey, before even starting EC2 instances. The use of VPC enabled us to isolate our servers (app servers, database servers, queues, etc.) and have control on the networking environment inside each VPC and in between VPCs. This was possible through the use of private subnets that can only be used inside VPCs and make the machines running inside them not accessible to outsiders (i.e. free extra security layer). Another great thing about VPC is that it can be coupled with many other Amazon services without exposing your infrastructure to the Internet, e.g. internal loud-balancers, more network interfaces to bound to EC2 instances. In addition, VPC is a free service so why not take benefit from it.

What do you dislike?

Like most AWS services, there is default limit to how many VPC someone can have. For instance, the limit per region is set to 5. Furthermore, we cannot allocate more than 200 subnet inside a given VPC. In addition, some of Amazon services are only accessible through the Internet (e.g. S3, Kinesis, etc.), which means instances inside a VPC can't access them by default and a bastion host may be needed to route traffic between the two worlds.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VPC is one of Amazon service with no cost (it's free) but even when adding extra services (e.g. hardware VPN) the cost remains raisonnable. It provides an extra level of security without having to do any complicated tasks. It should be setup before starting using any other Amazon service.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used Amazon VPC among other AWS services we developing an IoT gateway for a client. We realised a huge productivity benefit from using Amazon services that made us focus on the business problem and not on tuning the infrastructure. Also, VPC provides a good security for servers running inside it.

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"VPC Config"

What do you like best?

Configuration of VPCs are simple and straightforward. There is plenty of information and sample templates that will get you up and running with a basic configuration out of the box. The simplicity in configuring makes up for the complexitiy in ensuring your configuration meets AWS pillars of a well architected infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

VPC configuration is simple. The hard part is in ensuring your design and implementation meets or exceeds your minimum viable product. What would help is a more guided approach for early adopters. Non-IT engineers or admins may not have the necessary networking architecture experience and would benefit from a more simplified walk through process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Create a free test account first and play around creating test configurations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VPC are allowing us to extend our cloud initiative to AWS, We are leveraging direct connect and VPNs to bridge our on-prem network to our AWS Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Craig N.
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"A great service that makes having a physical network a thing of the past"

What do you like best?

Amazon's VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) service gives you the ability to place all of your AWS services onto a private IP range that makes everything appear and operate just as if it is physically in one place, as they are all on the same subnet that no other machines have access to, unless you provide it through your firewall. This greatly enhances management and security, allowing your devices to freely talk to each other without having to focus heavily on security. The VPC services by AWS also give you a wide range of control and customization, allowing you to operate very quickly with basic services, while giving you the capability of using services that perform exactly like firewalls and routers, even letting you set your own custom routes. This is the main service that convinced me to give up working as a conventional network engineer and focus on being a cloud consultant / engineer. AWS also provides a direct connect service, and other options which allow you to integrate your existing physical network to your VPC, allowing them to seamlessly glow together, which lets you move to a cloud based solution much easier.

What do you dislike?

I don't have any dislikes, and I suppose all I can really say here is that more features would be welcomed, but really, every feature needed to accurately mimic a private local area network are available.I suppose the only real downsides would be cost, which can get expensive if you are a larger customer. Another downside is that you get stuck with AWS services for all of your network services, including Routing, Gateways, firewall, VPN, and etc, requiring new & additional training.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The first thing you should do when setting up your first AWS services, which will most likely be with EC2, is to establish a VPC, which is an option in the VPC set-up. This will make sure that you can add new services to your VPC as you expand, rather than having to reconfigure IP settings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The VPC service allows a company to easily migrate to a low-cost monthly service from a physical network, which requires large upfront costs when upgrading, expanding, or repairing. VPC's let you extend your existing network to the cloud to begin upgrading your server capabilities, without having to take down and redo your entire infrastructure.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Ok, but not great."

What do you like best?

I really love the fact that with VPC you can have a totally closed network for things like lamdba functions to RDS instances.

What do you dislike?

I setup a VPC with lamdba functions and an API gateway, by default there is no outside internet access. If you setup a NAT gateway, all (non-warm) requests take a minimum of 15 seconds for the VPC to spin up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to just read a lot of documentation. It is very easy to get lost in the world of VPC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We moved from a serverless setup and are now using VPC to hold our Kubernetes clusters. It is very useful for this purpose, as AWS EKS only recently started supporting Kube clusters.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Christina L.
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"Amazon keeps moving on up"

What do you like best?

Amazon VPC is pretty cheap for what it gives you. At our company, we do have to use the private feature because of the nature of our work, but it still does the job. Because our internet is fast, the connection works fairly quickly. Clouds are awesome because we can share data across the board.

What do you dislike?

The limitation can sometimes be grating. We have many users in the company, and when we are all on it at the same time, the speed can slow down. We end up having to pay more money in order to make the connection speed faster. When connection issues happen on the weekends, they tend to not get resolved until Monday.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a first time user, it might take some time to get used to it. Don't be frustrated. Be patient and use FAQs and contact Amazon Support for help whenever needed. They are pretty good about responding to customer concerns.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We like Amazon VPC to share data. We use it in conjunction with other programs. It goes down a lot less than the other programs, which is very helpful. The connection being fast is awesome, for the most part.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Administrator
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"Increase your security with AWS VPC"

What do you like best?

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is a great way to increase your cloud network by segregating your services.

Amazon VPC increases your security by a lot based on the fact that you can decide for some hosts to not have a public IP at all, or for some to not even be connected to the internet and connected to one of your hosts only.

What do you dislike?

The transition from AWS EC2 Classic to Virtual Private Cloud is not really that straightforward.

There is no way to make a seamless transition within the Amazon Web Services console, you have to launch your servers again inside the VPC(s) and cut over your services one by one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read a lot about Amazon VPC before jumping in, understand the consequences and limitations before rushing your decision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Increasing security, unlocking new features like Security Groups for Load Balancer and more, secure exchange of data between your servers.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Alessio R.
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"Advanced network configuration capabilities for AWS"

What do you like best?

Amazon VPC allows a complete customization of the network layers underlying AWS services, allowing to configure private OSI Layer 2 VLANs as well as integrating them with your own private VPNs.

What do you dislike?

Some of the terminology used throughout the admin interface is a little obscure, and the relationship among different services could be made clearer; in general, though, most everything is quick to get used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're developing advanced apps and have specific requirements for development and production environments, VPC is most definitely for you. If all you need is run a few EC2 instances, you can ignore it, but it'd still do good to your security (especially if these are internet-facing). Besides... it's free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VPC is great for us as it allows to keep production environments separate from staging/development, which is at the same time easier to manage and safer; moreover, we can avoid exposing our internal apps to the internet, and keep them accessible through the integration with our own VPN.

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"Necessary and tricky "

What do you like best?

I like that you can customize and even now alter afterwards the specs of the VPC. Security groups can help you set up security at the VPC level, while NACLs can work with EC2 instances within it.

What do you dislike?

So many options makes it tricky to set up right and validate. Further, having an understanding of stateless versus stateful is important to understand when setting up security.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Security of it is integral to making sure you do it right. Do the research beforehand and make sure all options are set. Consider using Transit Gateway, Direct Connect, PrivateLink, VPC Peering, Inter-region VPC peering, and many more capabilities when setting up your VPC(s). Try to use a minimal number of IP Addresses so that you have room to expand later.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VPC is essential to run other AWS products

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Karan D.
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"So easy to create a virtual private cloud"

What do you like best?

I really think that you get value for the money you spend. They charge for the VPN associations with the VPC system and the NAT passage utilization. The Flow Logs highlight is the following thing worth saying, it helps in following the movement coming in and escaping our private cloud and thus simple to recognize any open vulnerabilities in the framework

What do you dislike?

Some components like VPC stream logs are not yet upheld by CloudFormation. This may be the greatest weakness if IPv6 backing is required. The Flow logs limit per single system interface, single subnet, or single VPC in an area is 2. I didn't locate any huge deficiency.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The primary advantage for our situation was having the capacity to interface the inner administrations safely and without presenting them to the web, which fortifies the general security of the setup Designing secure systems that associate the greater part of the benefits together without presenting information to the open web. This has helped in giving momentum without bargaining on security.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Joseph G.
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"Extend your IP Landscape"

What do you like best?

intuative interface. I read nearly zero documentation and just tried to jump into setting up custom VPC and I was able to get well into the configuration with little reading. Dont get me wrong I like having documentation but overall I'd have to say it was realtively easy given my background,

What do you dislike?

Amazon products are obviously geared to work with other Amazon first and foremost. I'd like to continue to see more openess and integration with other competing products. Competition is good even for Amazon!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

extending our IP landscape into the cloud. Leveraging on demand resources.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Sinduri M.
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"Virtual clouding made easy."

What do you like best?

Since it allocates space virtually, literally everything is configurable from DNS, creation of subnets and network gateways. Everything can be put here from backend to front-end. Other best thing is it's more secured than normal EC2 instances that AWS provides.

What do you dislike?

It's not very user friendly, if you've just started using it then don't take it hard on yourself, you might take some time to get a hang of it. And that it's not for free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If security is something your company is lacking then this tool is a must to try. It might take some time to get a hang of it but it'll show results given enough time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's better to have everything connected locally because it gives you faster speed, not every application which is required to be exposed to internet can be made to run in the background which ensures security.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Charlie C.
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"Cowan's Review"

What do you like best?

The flexability to do what I need to. The ability to change thing fairly quickly. I can have my own datacenter setup in minutes.

What do you dislike?

I dislike having to use mulitple signins to log into different acounts. I do believe they are other ways to do this. I just have to check those out and setup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we need new resouces we have that at our finger tips. We had anther cloud provider who did most of the spin ups for us in their own database. This took forever. It's so much better now.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by Daniel B.
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"GIves confidence and warm fuzzy feelings"

What do you like best?

I like the logical separation of resources and that I can include many of Amazon's offerings in the VPC

What do you dislike?

The traffic within the VPC is only encapsulated and not encrypted. The assurance on the correct routing of the data is, I'm sure, very good, but an extra layer of protection would be brilliant. Encryption between all services in a VPC, with keys managed by KMS would make me even happier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Assured separation of data from other AWS customers and to constrain what actors within the VPC can access; limiting the blast radius.

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"VPCs are the only way to deploy to the cloud"

What do you like best?

With a VPC you have to take specific actions to expose a subnet to the internet. The VAST majority of your subnets will not be accessible by the internet.

What do you dislike?

Troubleshooting connectivity problems in the early stages of understanding VPCs can be frustrating. Make sure to take advantage of using your Amazon Support. their folks are well-qualified to answer questions quickly!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using VPCs has allowed us to have the same network configuration between production and staging. This equality of addresses leads to better testing, as the environments are identical.

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"Amazon VPC review"

What do you like best?

VPC is very easy to configure and administer. The management site is very easy to use and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Some of the security management can be difficult to work through.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very easy to understand and use, albeit maybe a bit difficult when it comes to security (but when is security ever easy?)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting started using it to do a lift and shift migration. So far we have been able to accurately reflect our development and qa environments and are working on production.

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"Matur, but showing its age"

What do you like best?

Things just work. Configuring even complex topologies works well and behaves as expected

What do you dislike?

Performance hasn't kept up with increased data rates

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its still great, but you may need to consider another solution for projects that have very high performance requirements. Additionally very large deployments require some additional tuning and special attention must be paid to the exact performance criteria of the deployment. There are many customizations that can be established to improve some aspects of performance

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

dynamic configuration of entire enviroments, and programatic security

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) review by George M.
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"VPCs make network natives feel at home on AWS"

What do you like best?

It is well documented and there are lots of examples online on how to use VPCs. It also allows you to build your cloud infra to look alot like to on-premise infra with different subnets and network level isolation.

What do you dislike?

It has a number of limitations that you need to be aware of before you hit them

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The VPC allow us to connect our on-premise Data Centres to our cloud instances with the same level of security and routing that we are used to.

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"Virtual Private Cloud gives our customers piece of mind."

What do you like best?

The isolation offered by using VPCs in our production and dev implementaions

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of very granular controls for VPN network tunnels without multiple services

Recommendations to others considering the product

VPC offers a very indepth option for security and isolation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use VPCs as a way to isolate different customer implementations for dev/test/prod environments. We utilize them by allowing connection when needed, but the isolated nature that VPCs offer our customers in knowing issues on a dev system will have no effect on their production workloads.

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"Necessary complexity for to use AWS"

What do you like best?

Its not really something to like or dislike. Amazon's VPC service is essentially a pre-requisite to use any other AWS services like Ec2 or RDS.

What do you dislike?

Amazon VPC settings can be challenging for even seasoned administrators to fully comprehend. You are really configuring an entire subnetwork (or multiple) as a private cloud – so you can imagine the complexity can get out of hand rather quickly. Unfortunately, you really have to use VPC in order to leverage several other key AWS products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Again, its not really a choice. You need to use VPC – its essentially a requirement if you're using AWS properly, but read lots and lots of documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi-availability zone private cloud for distributed applications.

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"Reliable Networking Made Easy"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of creating a vpc in aws makes setting up new networks so easy. The ability to use API, CLI , Cloud Formation Templates, and Console to create the network gives us the flexibility to do the work we need to do.

What do you dislike?

The biggest challenge with setting up new VPC is the research you have to do before, to ensure the new VPC will not clash with existing VPC

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easier secgregation of networks and bills among the various departments.

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"VPC Easy to use"

What do you like best?

VPC configuration is easy to understand and use. It quickly provisions and easy to setup based off of the existing default vpcs and subnets that AWS provides.

What do you dislike?

VPC has some limitations especially with transitive routing. I believe some of these are now being overcome with transit gateways but they still exist with any direct connect requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use VPCs to isolate our environments. The logical seperation that exists makes it easier to organize and manage the communication between these systems.

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"VPC Cloud-based networking"

What do you like best?

VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) is a very simple solution to implement either manually or through the wizard which will configure the network for you automatically, which allows you to create cloud based resources with private IP space.

You assign a CIDR block (typically /16 although configurable) to your VPC and then carve up subnets within that addressable space. Subnets are bound to Availability Zones - that is independent data centers within a particular AWS region. It is just a couple of clicks to create subnets to which your resources can be assigned.

A virtual private gateway can be created with a few mouse clicks to establish a VPN tunnel to your on-prem networks, a NAT gateway can be created to allow your non-public IP based hosts to access the Internet, and finally a Internet gateway can be created to allow hosts with public IPs to accept non-solicited traffic from the Internet

A main route table is created for you that handles all of the inter-subnet routing on your behalf. The only routing you have to manually add is identifying with of the above gateways to send traffic through, e.g. my on-prem network is 192.168.x.x and it should go through my virtual private gateway. All Internet traffic should route through my NAT Gateway, so 0.0.0.0 (default route) should go through here

Extremely simple to implement, can stand all of the networking up in less than 10 minutes

What do you dislike?

There is some layer of abstraction that prevents the network team from having the amount of control they are used to. Keep in mind that AWS is a layer-3 network, and as such some of the familiar layer-2 concepts are no longer in play. Not a dislike per se, but something to be aware of

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is really the only option to use if leveraging EC2 resources. If you have an older account, you may have been set up with an EC2-Classic account, but there would be no reason not to upgrade the older account

All newer accounts using EC2-based prodcuts will automatically launch as EC2-VPC

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have securely migrated some of our production workloads to AWS using a VPC based network

We have only a few externally accessible endpoints to our application, while wishing to expose those to the Internet we wanted to ensure that our back-end systems, databases, etc had no presence on the Internet while allowing our on-premise user base to continue to access those systems for general maintenance and support. Running our systems in a VPC allows us to achieve all of these objectives, while also allowing us to operate separate VPCs for dev/test environments to allow for more network seperation, also a key design goal of ours

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"An essential tool to manage network on Amazon"

What do you like best?

The easy way to configure a network and subnetworks.

The Nat Gateway allow me to have a high security between my on-promisse and cloud solution.

The possibility of use a fixed local ip address

What do you dislike?

The interface and the REST API.

I can't migrate an Instance without VPC to a VPC network :(

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to have change versions of my Security Groups

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network isolation from my services and databases.

More security network. A don't need to use External IP on my instances

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"Secured AWS"

What do you like best?

Here you can have multiple instances connected locally for faster operations without even having them exposed to outer world or internet, which makes it much more secured than usual EC2 servers.

What do you dislike?

Some of the services are a bit expensive, in general it'd be nice to have such services at cheaper price. Plus the flow isn't very intuitive, one might have to spend considerable amount of time to understand it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If security breaches is something your company is trying to handle then this is a must try in my opinion. It might be little bit on the expensive side but does perform accordingly. Value for money i'd say.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security is a major issue when you've over 40-50 instances and servers running on cloud. Ensuring security is one of the most important aspect when business is concerned. After recent SQL injection we gave this tool a shot and it seems to be performing as of now.

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"Secure and easily integratable"

What do you like best?

Easy to manage with cloudformation and provides a secure cloud network.

What do you dislike?

A bit of a learning curve but can be very intuitive to use otherwise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VPC can have a steep learning curve. Making you learn best practices to avoid major headaches in the future such setting sufficient cidr blocks for your networks and so on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

UMD's hosted infrastructure in the cloud is behind VPC. All security and complete traffic control is regulated through VPC.

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"Large corporation using VPC for cloud compute and security"

What do you like best?

I like the virtual isolation of the data from the public for internal applications and easily making it externalixable for public sites

What do you dislike?

With a large company there is a lot of overhead in all the different security groups and isolation which is difficult to manage at times.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to move our internal data center processing to the public cloud has been a great opportunity for scalability and cost savings. Especially in the business continuity opportunities.

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"Private, Isolated VLANs for your AWS Cloud-based infrastructure"

What do you like best?

This feature allows you to have your own private, isolated OSI Layer 2 network "VLAN" between your EC2 instances. This is very useful to securely connect your services (eg. databases with web-server workers) without exposing them to the public internet. Also they recently added NAT-gateway support, so you can assign a private IP address to your internal instances, and they will be able to reach the internet securely without a public IP. They only charge for the VPN connections to the VPC network and the NAT gateway usage.

What do you dislike?

IPv6 is not supported by VPC at this time. This might be the biggest disadvantage if IPv6 support is needed. The NAT gateway feature is a bit expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using VPC for any kind of EC2 instance cluster is a must. It's free if you only need the virtual network, so there is no point to skip it. Also the VPN feature is useful and cheap if you don't need to use it too often.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've used VPC for a customer AWS deployment. The main benefit in our case was being able to connect the internal services securely and without exposing them to the internet, which reinforces the overall security of the setup

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"Seamless Security Features"

What do you like best?

Using Amazon's VPC allows you to select IP address ranges, create subnets, network gateways, configure route tables and security settings. It closely resembles a traditional network thay you think you're operating in your own datra center with the benefits of scalablre infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

There are service limits to this platform as hard limitations that cannot be changed at all.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to protect our infrastructure with VPCs and reduce costs in hardware implementations

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"Very good vpc"

What do you like best?

I like the fact the vpc is being very resourceful and useful for our computing operations and management. It helps in ways to enhance the

What do you dislike?

I like the fact the vpc is being very resourceful and useful for our computing operations and management. It helps in ways to enhance the

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its great it is very good and very intuitive. The security is top notch and very helpful so that we can use it

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"Intuitive to use"

What do you like best?

AWS VPC is intuitive enough for a network engineer with a traditional netoworking background to use as well as a developer who does not understand basic networking.

What do you dislike?

The flexibility of the security groups and acls is not a bad thing it is just a difficult concept to standardize across multiple businesses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Provide the ability for more visibility of east-west traffic inside the vpc/subnet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The security that is provided inherently with the product.

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"AWS VPC"

What do you like best?

The ability to have a private space to build out resources in AWS.

What do you dislike?

subnets are based on availability zones requiring cidr to be chopped into smaller usable space

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand the connectivity requirements as it relates to the number of VPCs and the current limitations for routes in the routing table.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VPC allows the business to build segmented resources in AWS. This has allowed the company to build secure/scalable applications in public cloud

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"The perfect public cloud"

What do you like best?

By providing us with a virtual private cloud, AWS gives us secure segmentation from all of their other public cloud customers.

What do you dislike?

Virtual private cloud can be a complicated topic for many AWS users. You require a Cloud Infrastructure Architect to truly properly set it up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the virtual private cloud to host all of our cloud services. This keeps us secure by allowing us to control all access to the environment.

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"An essential tool for AWS hosting"

What do you like best?

VPC has given us a lot more flexibility to create secure services hosted on AWS by allowing for internal networks that are available just to us.

What do you dislike?

I've been a user since they first launched VPC, and it was difficult to understand and use in the beginning. But the product has matured a lot since then and I have no complaints now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's basically required to use VPC now, but if you have not yet looked at everything it can do it's worth your time to investigate all the features it offers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing secure networks that connect all of our AWS services together without exposing data to the open internet.

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"VPC /Landing Zone"

What do you like best?

the flexiabilityand ease of use. it allows us to add resources at ease and work loads are easy to setup. the amount services is increadibile and fits the need we have . the ability to deliver services and be innovated is a major pluse.

What do you dislike?

cost for the services associated. flexiability with other Cloud services.the cost seem to be the main issues and for each services and funtions of the services require additional cost. I would suggest to provide more flat raite servers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get professiona services to help set up your vpc

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Just started entering in our VPC environment, but we are trying to get out of the datacenter business

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"Simple and effective"

What do you like best?

Amazon VPC keeps your resources isolated from others. It protects your resources from any traffic you do not allow, even from within the same account. You have complete control and can even automate your environment so you can version control it or deploy it elsewhere. The interface is relatively simple and you do not need to be a Citrix certified engineer to make your own environment.

What do you dislike?

Some features like VPC flow logs are not yet supported by CloudFormation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Isolating resources and achieving granular control over the network components in an environment. Amazon VPC was made for this purpose and excels at it.

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"This is pretty awesome."

What do you like best?

I like that you can easily migrate all your stuff to a private network in the cloud and efficiently manage security through security group. VPC peering is pretty nice too.

What do you dislike?

Hard limit on the number of rule in every security groups. Hard limits on the number of security groups attached to some resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to easily spawn ec2 instance and lambda in a secure network to access our data.

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"Networking Building Blocks for Dummies (DevOps!)"

What do you like best?

SImplify networking into simple building blocks without having extensive knowledge of IP, subnets, routing, NAT etc and create a network with advanced features at the click of a button,

What do you dislike?

Allows Dummies (DevOps) to start creating networks at the click of a button with no previous knowledge of IP!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easier integration for failover (i.e. to replicate L2 redundancy protocols)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BUilding segregated network designs very quickly with very clear boundaries

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"VPC"

What do you like best?

Like that it's very easy to manage and buld a network layer, without being a network engineer. No need to wait on another team to remove roadblock

What do you dislike?

There are some things (i.e. security groups) that without a good naming convention can become quite un-manageble. Not sure what the solution is, would need to give it some more thought.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simplified the process of getting an environment up and running.

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"Why VPCs are awesome"

What do you like best?

VPCs are awedome because you can create as many as you need to segment all your applications and control your traffic. They are easy to configure and maintain and if done properly you can create a wonderful Transit VPC to be the hub for all your Application VPC

What do you dislike?

This isn't really a problem with VPCs but one of the guys keeps messing with them and breaking them and then I have to go in and fix it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the way to go. SO easy to use!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are in the process of moving applications in the cloud and VPCs are essentail to that move

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"Great for Dev"

What do you like best?

We give each of our Dev teams their own VPCs with minimal base account rules applied, and the Devs can work freely without risk to our network or it's services

What do you dislike?

VPC peering, in it's current form, does not scale well, so we will be looking heavily at VPC Transitive gateway soon

Recommendations to others considering the product

Plan how you want your accounts separated ahead of time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Isolating out Dev and minimizing risk.

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"Networking made easy....even for developers!"

What do you like best?

AWS VPCs take care of the hassel of having to really understand how networking works. On top of that, you can use scripting to create an env to run your workloads....SUPER EASY!

What do you dislike?

unlike google cloud, aws VPCs are restricted to regions whereas Google's spans their entire footprint.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IPAM (ip management) has been a challenge for even harcore networking folks. It's nice how AWS deals with it

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"The leader in Cloud Computing for a reason"

What do you like best?

Performance, features, API, flexibility, scalability, availability, and speed (time to market)

What do you dislike?

Price. Shared everything. Weird characteristics of "cloud" environment does not behave like dedicated hardware, leading to unusual problems that are hard to characterize. (Anyone who's used AWS products will know what I mean)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do NOT Use "EC2 Classic". Do EVERYTHING in a VPC. Multiple VPCs are probably better than one VPC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deliver web/iOS/Android app backend to thousands of users with very good uptime and performance metrics

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"Game Changer"

What do you like best?

Having lived in the tradional on premise datacenter model moving to the AWS infrastructure with its speed to deployment and enhanced security stack such as VPC's has been a game changer for us as well as a significant cost savings.

What do you dislike?

Nothing at this point our new infrastructure is less than a year old.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost reductions as we move away from on premise datacenters to AWS.

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"Fantastic"

What do you like best?

Flexibility in terms of connectivity. Easy to understand configure and manage. There are a lot of functionalities already embedded in the service. Basic security is easily configured.

What do you dislike?

no transitive peering. It would have been great if it was supported

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly Recommended

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to spin up services in cloud to ensure productivity with higher security. It gives us much much higher probability for business continuity.

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