AWS VPC for Software Engineers

February 08, 2020


Approachable mental model of main cloud networking concepts (uses AWS terms).

A summary from the article:

VPC: Internet Cafe for LAN parties with computer connected together.

Subnets: They are how we would separate a big Internet Cafe into multiple independent LANs that can’t communicate with each other. It defines the boundaries of a local network.

Route table: Rules and patterns allowing to configure how to dispatch network traffic of a subnet.

NAT / Network Address Translation: Allows to translate LAN IP addresses into publicly routable addresses.

Availability Zones: A VPC exists in an AWS Region and is available on several availability zones (AZs). With the local construct of the route table, AWS handles communication between 2 subnets in different AZs.

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