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Amazon VPC August 2020 Update

Released on August 18th, 2020

Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon EC2 are now Available in Europe (Milan) and Africa (Cape Town)

Amazon EC2 is now available through VPC endpoints in the Europe (Milan) and Africa (Cape Town) regions, allowing you to access Amazon EC2 from within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) without traversing the internet.

VPC endpoints for Amazon EC2 are powered by AWS PrivateLink, a highly available, scalable technology that provides secure, private connectivity between VPCs and AWS services. Amazon VPC endpoints are easy to configure and provide reliable connectivity to Amazon EC2 without requiring an internet gateway, Network Address Translation (NAT) instance, or AWS Direct Connect connection. With VPC endpoints, the data between your Amazon VPC and Amazon EC2 remains within the Amazon network, and is thus protected from the public internet. You can create an interface VPC endpoint for Amazon EC2 in your VPC using the Amazon VPC console, SDK or CLI. You can also access the VPC endpoint from on-premises environments or from other VPCs using AWS Direct Connect, or VPC Peering.  

There are no additional Amazon EC2 costs to use this feature. For VPC Endpoints, Interface VPC endpoint charges apply. To learn more, see EC2 VPC Endpoints in the Amazon EC2 Developer Guide.  

New AWS Solutions Consulting Offer – VPC-In-A-Box℠

VPC-In-A-Box℠ is an AWS Solutions Consulting Offer, delivered via a consulting engagement from Foghorn, an AWS DevOps and AWS Security Competency Partner. VPC-In-A-Box℠ demystifies, simplifies, and accelerates Amazon VPC creation, configuration, and optimization, to seamlessly connect to AWS Availability Zones within AWS Regions around the world. Customers that request this consulting offer will take part in a three-step engagement that delivers a custom Amazon VPC configuration.

VPC-In-A-Box℠ is built upon a proven methodology and put into action with consistency to produce global connections at scale. VPC-In-A-Box℠ is available in three tiers: Express, Production, and Enterprise. Additional information can be found on the Foghorn VPC-In-A-Box℠ landing page.

AWS Cloud9 Releases Enhanced VPC Support

AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser. Cloud9 is excited to offer enhanced VPC support for customers using the Cloud9 IDE. This release adds support for creating Cloud9 environments in a private subnet with no ingress and optionally no egress.

Prior to this release, Cloud9 environments had to have a public IP address and the SSH port configured to be accessible from AWS Cloud9. Today Amazon has reinforced our security posture by no longer requiring inbound connections to Cloud9 environments. This new feature leverages AWS Systems Manager (SSM) to eliminate the need for SSH connections.

Customers can enable Cloud9 private subnet support using the AWS Management Console, AWS CloudFormation, or the AWS SDK. To get started, please see the full documentation here.

AWS CodeDeploy now Supports Deployments to VPC Endpoints

You can now use AWS CodeDeploy to deploy applications to your virtual private cloud (VPC) through VPC endpoints powered by AWS PrivateLink. With this feature, you can use CodeDeploy to deploy your critical, internal applications without using an Internet gateway, public IP addresses, or a VPN connection. AWS PrivateLink provides secure connectivity between VPCs and AWS services, without requiring the traffic to traverse the Internet or leave the Amazon network.

To use AWS PrivateLink, create an interface VPC endpoint for AWS CodeDeploy from the AWS Management Console or AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). You can also access the VPC endpoint from On-Premises instances or from other VPCs using AWS VPNAWS Direct Connect, or VPC Peering.

For more information about using AWS PrivateLink with CodeDeploy, including a list of supported regions, visit Using CodeDeploy with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs Extends CloudFormation Support to Custom Format Subscriptions, 1-Minute Aggregation Intervals and Tagging

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) flow logs customers can now use the AWS::EC2::FlowLog resource to create custom format VPC flow logs with enriched metadata fields and publish them to either CloudWatch Logs or S3, capture VPC flow logs at shorter aggregation intervals of up to 1-minute for quicker and more granular network visibility, and tag existing or new VPC flow log subscriptions, all directly through AWS CloudFormation.

CloudFormation templates help customers to provision and configure their AWS resources. To get started, visit CloudFormation in the AWS console. To learn more about Amazon VPC flow logs, please refer to the documentation.

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