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What is a Virtual Private Cloud?

A virtual private cloud (VPC) is a private cloud located inside a public cloud that enables you to experience the benefits of a virtualized network while using public cloud resources.

Hosted virtualization isolates your data from that of other companies — both in transit and in the cloud provider’s network — helping to create a more secure environment. A VPC connects to remote networks via a virtual private network (VPN) connection. A VPC is ideal for companies seeking high levels of security, privacy and control, such as healthcare and financial organizations dealing with regulatory compliance. Businesses also find VPC ideal for running mission-critical applications.

You usually manage a VPC through a managed service provider’s control panel. This window into your VPC enables you to easily see and make changes as needed.

Why Use a Virtual Private Cloud?

Enhanced Security

A VPC allows you to secure your virtual networking environment, including your IP addresses, subnets and network gateways. For instance, you can securely isolate a database in a private-facing subnet that isn’t connected to the internet.

Data Control

Your VPC is isolated from other clouds at the network layer, so you control your data and prevent it from mixing with the data of other entities — a potential risk of public clouds.

Improved Performance

You can prioritize the network traffic of select applications to optimize their performance, helping to eliminate congestion and potential bottlenecks.

On-Demand Flexibility

You can design the cloud architecture that best serves your company’s needs. For example, you can set up your VPC for contractors to use individual direct connections that aren’t routed through your internal network.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Hosting Expertise

We are among the world’s largest hosting partners of VMware® and Microsoft®. We also co-founded OpenStack® with NASA and are its leading service provider.

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by VMware

Our VMware Private Cloud provides you with a dedicated, single-tenant environment that is custom-built to optimize the performance of your workloads.

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Microsoft Cloud Platform

Our Microsoft Cloud Platform options combine Microsoft’s Hyper-V® and Systems Center technologies with the cloud expertise of our Microsoft-certified architects and engineers.

Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud

Our OpenStack Private Cloud is a reliable and scalable open-source private cloud that is a favorite of many Fortune® 100 companies.

Hybrid Cloud Options

With RackConnect®, you can securely connect your dedicated Rackspace environment with public clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Around-the-Clock Support

Our support experts will proactively monitor your VPC, helping to ensure reliable performance. You can contact Rackspace Support 24x7x365.

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