Cloud computing firm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has rolled out its popular Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service worldwide, as well as launching new functionality designed to ease identity management headaches and enable firms to connect to AWS via a private connection.
VPC allows security conscious Amazon customers to provision a private part of the AWS cloud and access it through a VPN or a regular internet connection.
The customer is given full control over the virtual network, including the IP address range, subnets and configuration of route tables and network gateways.
The announcement means that customers in Europe and south east Asia can join the US in benefiting from the security and manageability improvements the service is designed to bring.
Amazon also launched AWS Direct Connect, a new service which allows customers to connect to their cloud environment via a private connection rather than the internet, cutting costs, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency, the firm said.
The service will be available in the UK in the "next several months", according to AWS.
Finally, AWS has added identity federation functionality to its Identity and Access Management (IAM) service, meaning that organisations can use existing access credentials rather than having to create new AWS identities for users.
Adam Selipsky, AWS vice president, explained that the announcements offer more privacy to the firm's customers.
"As enterprises make the move to the cloud, many have leveraged Amazon VPC for workloads that they've wanted to manage using their existing management and security policies," he said.
"With today's launch of Amazon VPC worldwide, AWS Direct Connect and the new IAM federated identity capabilities, enterprises have even more flexibility and control over deploying their workloads to the cloud."
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