virtual private cloud definition

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Your manual to the modern cloud computing network
Contributor(s): Amit Cohen

A virtual private cloud (VPC) is the logical division of a service provider's public cloud multi-tenant architecture to support private cloud computing in a public cloud environment.   

Just as a virtual private network (VPN) provides secure data transfer over the public Internet, a VPC provides secure data transfer between a private enterprise and a public cloud provider, ensuring that each customer's data remains isolated from every other customer's data both in transit and inside the cloud provider's network. This can be accomplished through the use of security policies requiring some -- or all -- of the following elements: encryption, tunneling, private IP addressing or allocating a unique VLAN to each customer.

See also: cloud cartography, IP address, logical network

 

 

This was first published in June 2013

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