Today I am pleased to announce Cloud 66 support for AWS Virtual Private Networks (VPC). VPC allows AWS customers to build private networks complete with private IP ranges, routing tables, internet gateways and multi location VPC connections.
AWS has been encouraging VPC use within their customers by adding new instance types support only on VPC (like the developer friendly T2 instances) and slowly phasing out EC2 Classic (the non-VPC version) throughout their network by building a Default VPC for all customers automatically.
T2 instance types are particularly important as they have a very development friendly price structure: as most development stacks are not constantly in use, T2 instances can be an economically efficient way to use. They accrue CPU “credits” during idle times that you can use through bursts of usage. These instance types were only available on EC2 VPC.
To support T2 instances we had to support VPC and upgrade our guaranteed supported OS version from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. I am pleased to announce that all of those are now available to all of our customers:
- All new instances fired up with Cloud 66 will be configured with Ubuntu 14.04.
- You have a choice of VPC or Classic when using AWS stacks.
- T2 instances are supported on all EC2 regions and availability zones.
We hope you like these new features. As always we would love to hear your feedback and thoughts.