Thursday Dec 03, 2009

Using OpenSolaris as Amazon EC2 VPC Gateway

Sometime back Amazon has launched their Virtual Private Cloud(VPC) services which will bridge between existing company IT and AWS cloud. It is very nice feature which really enables hybrid cloud and it make sense where you data center need grows for sudden burst only. Cases like that it makes lot of sense to use VPC. As you can seamlessly continue to use OpenSolaris and related AMI's in your VPC there is some restriction on how and what can connect to these VPC. According to the documentation right now the requirement states that you will need either CISCO or Juniper routers to do the JOB and there is a Generic Device configuration which lets you use the IPSec based Encryption/Decryption so you it can tunnel your Virtual Private Network Connnection(VPN). You can easily get to the details here.
Using OpenSolaris as Customer Gateway we explored this option with some of the great colleagues from Sun(Glenn, Dan) and we made it easier to work. So an OpenSolaris box can do all that for you without a router. Glenn has put up kennai web page which provides the easy to use tool that will setup the connectivity and start your VPC within minutes. Or as Glenn suggests in his blog a VirtualBox OpenSolaris client running on any derskotp can do the job for test purpose and get you started. Use it and provide us the feedback.

Suggested additional reading:
OpenSolaris Crossbow
Amazon VPC
VirtualBox








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