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VPC Peering for Inter- and Intra-Regional Communication


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Instructor: Mike Brown

VPC Peering for Inter- and Intra-Regional Communication

In this lesson we will discuss using VPC peering for Inter and Intra regional communication.

Although we can use techniques such as Site-to-Site VPNs to connect our AWS VPCs together there are significant drawbacks to this approach. Drawbacks such as:

  1. Device Management - You will need to deploy at least one virtual appliance to create your site-to-site VPN. You will be responsible for the high availability of this device and there will also be a cost for this device.

  2. Data flowing through the internet - Because you are creating a site-to-site VPN your traffic will travel across public networks and be susceptible to delay and potential attack.

  3. Bandwidth Bottlenecks - Because you are using a virtual appliance, the virtual appliance can become a bandwidth bottleneck due to max bandwidth limits for EC2 instances.

  4. Data out charges - You will be charged for data leaving the region.

VPC Peering removes most of these drawbacks.

VPC Peering

VPC Peering is used to connect a pair of VPCs into a single routing domain. VPC Peering can be used to peer VPCs in the same or different regions. 

When using VPC Peering:

  • Traffic traversing a VPC peering connection always stays on the AWS Backbone reducing the likelihood of your data being intercepted.

  • Traffic traversing a VPC peering connection is always encrypted.

  • When using VPC peering there is no device for you to manage, there is no single point of failure and no bandwidth bottleneck.

  • There is no charge for the VPC peering connection but there is a data charge for data traversing the VPC peering connection.

A VPC Peering connection is only used to peer a pair of VPCs. VPC Peering does not care whether the VPCs are:

  • In the same regions

  • In different regions

  • In the same AWS account

  • In different AWS accounts

One big rule for us to remember, in order to peer a pair of VPCs using VPC peering the VPCs must use non-overlapping IP ranges. 

Two other VPC Peering characteristics worth noting:

  • VPC Peering connections are non-transitive, if VPC-A and VPC-B are peered and VPC-B and VPC-C are peered, VPC-A and VPC-C are not. In-order to route traffic between VPC-A and VPC-C you could peer the VPCs directly with each other.

  • Peered VPCs can not share Internet Gateways or Virtual Private Gateways, if you have multiple VPCs that need to connect to the internet or to on-premises then they must have their own gateways or connect using Transit Gateway.

VPC Peering works really well when you have a small number of VPCs to interconnect, but as your number of VPCs grow, the more VPCs that you have that need to connect to on-premises and the internet, the more complex your routing environment is, then the more likely you are to use Transit Gateways.


1h 6m

This course covers the core learning objective to meet the requirements of the 'Designing Network & Data Transfer solutions in AWS - Level 2' skill

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the most appropriate AWS connectivity options to meet performance demands
  • Understand the appropriate features and services to enhance and optimize connectivity to AWS public services such as Amazon S3 or Amazon DynamoDB.
  • Understand the appropriate AWS data transfer service for migration and/or ingestion
  • Apply an edge caching strategy to provide performance benefits for AWS solutions
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