By Zach Pohlman, Cloud Solutions Architect
At Cloud Next ’17 this year, we announced our reimagining of Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), a product that used to be known as GCP Virtual Networks. Today, we thought we’d share a little more insight into what’s different about VPC and what it can do.
Virtual Private Cloud offers you a privately administered space within Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing the flexibility to scale and control how workloads connect regionally and globally. This means global connectivity across locations and regions, and the elimination of silos across projects and teams. When you connect your on-premise or remote resources to GCP, you’ll have global access to your VPCs without needing to replicate connectivity or administrative policies per region.
Here’s a little more on what that means.
|VMs in VPC do not need VPNs to communicate between regions. Inter-region traffic is both encrypted and kept on Google’s private network.|
|A single network can be shared across teams and regions, all within the same administrative domain, preventing duplicate work.|
|In Google VPC, the expanded IP range is available in the new zone without rebooting the running VMs. In other VPCs this incurs downtime.|
|Within Google Cloud, services are directly addressable across regions using private networks and IP addresses without crossing the best-effort public internet.|
Global VPCs are divided into regional subnets that use Google’s private backbone to communicate as needed. This allows you to easily distribute different parts of your application across multiple regions to enhance uptime, reduce end-user latency or address data sovereignty needs.
With these enhancements, GCP is delivering alternatives for increasingly complex networks and workloads, and enhancing the abilities for organizations to create and manage spaces in the cloud that map closely to business requirements. You can learn more about Google Virtual Private Clouds at https://cloud.google.com/vpc/.