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Amazon VPC April 2019 Update

Released on April 25th, 2019

Amazon VPC Sharing is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud sharing (VPC sharing) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. VPC sharing is also available in all commercial AWS Regions except in South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local), and China regions.

With VPC sharing, you can allow other AWS accounts to create their application resources, such as EC2 instances, Relational Database Service (RDS) databases, Redshift clusters, and Lambda functions, into shared, centrally-managed Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs).

Customers create multiple AWS accounts to streamline billing and restrict access to various environments, such as development, staging, and production, across different business and application teams. With the increase in the number of accounts, you need to efficiently manage network and security policies across your application environments. Today, you can create separate Amazon VPCs for each account with the account owner being responsible for connectivity and security of each Amazon VPC. With VPC sharing, your IT team can own and manage your Amazon VPCs and your application developers no longer have to manage or configure Amazon VPCs, but they can access them as needed.

You can also share Amazon VPCs to leverage the implicit routing within a VPC for applications that require a high degree of interconnectivity and are within the same trust boundaries. This reduces the number of VPCs that need to be created and managed, while you still benefit from using separate accounts for billing and access control. Customers can further simplify network topologies by interconnecting shared Amazon VPCs using connectivity features, such as AWS PrivateLinkAWS Transit Gateway, and Amazon VPC peering.

There are no additional charges for using this feature. For more information about VPC sharing, please visit Amazon's documentation.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs can Now be Delivered to S3 in the EU (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Osaka) AWS Regions

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Flow Logs (VPC Flow Logs) can now be delivered directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or through your Amazon EC2 or VPC console, in the EU (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Osaka) AWS Regions. You can deliver VPC Flow Logs to both S3 and CloudWatch Logs.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to S3 when you require simple, cost-effective archiving of your log events. Take advantage of the different storage classes of S3, such as Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access, or write custom data processing applications using other solutions, such as Amazon Athena.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to CloudWatch Logs to monitor your systems and applications. Generate and visualize metrics using Metric Filter Patterns and CloudWatch Dashboards, set up alerts on log-based metrics, or search log events using CloudWatch Logs while solving problems.

With this announcement, Amazon VPC Flow Logs can now be delivered to S3 in all public AWS Regions. Learn about the pricing to export Amazon VPC Flow Logs to S3 or CloudWatch Logs here. Learn about how to send VPC Flow Logs to S3 and CloudWatch Logs here.

Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is Now Available in Four Additional Regions

Starting today, Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) is available in EU (Dublin), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), and Canada (Central) AWS Regions in addition to AWS US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), and US West (Oregon) AWS Regions.

BYOIP allows you to bring your own publicly-routable IP address prefixes to AWS and advertise them on the internet. You can create Elastic IP addresses from your BYOIP address prefix and use them with AWS resources such as EC2 instances, Network Load Balancers, and NAT gateways. The Elastic IP addresses you create from BYOIP address prefixes work the same way as Elastic IP addresses you get from AWS. BYOIP also allows you to minimize your downtime during migration by simultaneously advertising your IP address prefix from AWS and withdrawing it from the current location.

If your applications are using trusted IP addresses that your partners and customers have whitelisted in their firewalls, you can now move these applications to AWS without requiring your partners and customers to change their IP address whitelists. BYOIP is also useful for applications that rely on IP address reputation to allow traffic from your endpoints to reach intended recipients, such as commercial email services. Some legacy applications have hard-coded IP address dependencies. Bring Your Own IP enables you to migrate such applications to AWS with minimal disruptions.

There is no additional charge to use the BYOIP feature. Also, you don’t have to pay for Elastic IP addresses that you create from BYOIP address prefixes.

For more information about this feature, visit the BYOIP documentation.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs can Now be Delivered to S3 in AWS Govcloud (US) Regions

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Flow Logs (VPC Flow Logs) can now be delivered directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or through your Amazon EC2 or VPC console in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. You can now deliver VPC Flow Logs to both S3 and CloudWatch Logs.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to S3 when you require simple, cost-effective archiving of your log events. Take advantage of the different storage classes of S3, such as Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access, or write custom data processing applications using other solutions, such as Amazon Athena.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to CloudWatch Logs to monitor your systems and applications. Generate and visualize metrics using Metric Filter Patterns and CloudWatch Dashboards, set up alerts on log-based metrics, or search log events using CloudWatch Logs while solving problems.

Learn about the pricing to export Amazon VPC Flow Logs to S3 or CloudWatch Logs here. Learn about how to send VPC Flow Logs to S3 and CloudWatch Logs here.

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