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Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service

Customers will create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures and use their existing security systems to protect data.

Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Web Services, hoping to address some of the security concerns of cloud computing, on Wednesday launched a new service for creating private clouds. The Amazon Virtual Private Cloud provides business customers with their own, "isolated" computing resources in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, accessible by a virtual private network.

Amazon said customers will be able to use their existing security services and firewalls for their private clouds. Amazon VPC will have no long-term contracts, requires "minimum" upfront investments, and customers will only pay for the resources they use, Amazon said in a statement.

The offering is designed for companies looking to expand parts of their IT infrastructure onto a cloud computing platform, to benefit from the reduced costs that come from sharing hosted computing systems.

Using a few API calls, customers will be able to create an isolated network, specify an IP address range, and launch the Amazon cloud into that network.

They'll then create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures. Existing security and networking technologies will apply to any traffic moving between a customer's private clouds within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the public Internet, Amazon said.

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