Amazon has added a new offering to its AWS Quick Start reference library, this one aimed at making it easier for organisations to stand up a virtual private cloud (VPC) environment operating on the firm's public cloud platform.
AWS Quick Starts are reference deployment templates that enable customers to deploy fully functional software and infrastructure operating on the AWS cloud. They comprise AWS CloudFormation templates to automate the deployment, but are customisable and Amazon provides documentation detailing implementation and best practices.
Amazon's newest AWS Quick Start is aimed at customers interested in using the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) service, typically used by enterprises to create an isolated partition of the global AWS cloud for greater control and security.
The essence of this Quick Start is to provide a virtual networking foundation for the customer's AWS VPC deployments, including the creation of public and private subnets.
The first set of private subnets is configured to share the default network access control list (ACL) from the Amazon VPC, while a second optional set of private subnets can be configured to include dedicated custom ACLs for additional subnets.
"You can use this Quick Start as a building block for your own deployments. You can scale it up or down by adding or removing subnets and Availability Zones according to your needs, and add other infrastructure components and software layers to complete your AWS environment," the firm said in a statement announcing the new offering.
With this Quick Start, the deployment guide covers the VPC design and provides step-by-step instructions for preparing the customer's AWS account and deploying the virtual private network.
Customers will then need to deploy the necessary compute, network and storage resources to actually build the VPC infrastructure, but there are a number of Quick Start templates available to deploy other resources.
These include Docker Datacenter and Red Hat OpenShift for operating applications and services in containers, databases such as MongoDB and Microsoft SQL Server, and security and directory services.
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