Amazon Web Services customers reacted favorably to the cloud provider recent introduction of expanded product capabilities, which are designed to support the security, network management, dedicated connectivity and identity management requirements of enterprises deploying business applications in the cloud.

The company, a subsidiary of in Seattle, announced the new capabilities late last week. AWS extended its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) to all AWS Regions, allowing enterprises to launch Amazon VPC environments in the U.S. East and West Coasts, Europe, Singapore and Tokyo, and in multiple AWS Availability Zones within each region.

Amazon VPC allows businesses to provision a private section of AWS, where they can then launch AWS resources in a virtual network that they define and control, including selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.

Organizations can connect to their Amazon VPC via a virtual private network or through an Internet connection. With the recent enhancements, they can also connect multiple networks, such as branch offices, to each other as well as to their central corporate Amazon VPC environment.

“By making Amazon VPC available in all AWS Regions and in multiple Availability Zones, we gain even more flexibility to deploy our applications in the cloud as we target markets around the world,” Scott Johnson, vice president of enterprise engineering at InterContinental Hotel Group. said in a statement.

Through the constant release of new services designed for the global enterprise, “AWS enables us to move more of our business into the cloud,” John Herbert, executive vice president and CIO atTwentieth Century Fox, said in a prepared statement. “For example, we currently use Amazon VPC for intellectual property and data, and the ability to put our Amazon VPC environments closer to both end-point and origin will give us enormous advantages in how we distribute data and assets worldwide, supporting our global footprint.”

AWS also announced AWS Direct Connect, a new service that lets companies bypass the Internet and deliver data to and from AWS via a private network connection. With a private connection, AWS says they can increase bandwidth throughput, reduce networking latency and costs, and provide a more consistent network experience when moving data between AWS and their data centers.

And AWS added new functionality for AWS Identity and Access Management that enables “identity federation,” or the ability for enterprises to use their existing corporate identities to grant secure and direct access to AWS resources without creating a new AWS identity for those users.



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