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What is VPN Gateway

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018

VPN Gateway is an Alibaba Cloud service that provisions traditional Internet infrastructure to connect a local data center or a remote client to a VPC through an encrypted tunnel. Alibaba Cloud supports both IPsec-VPN and SSL-VPN tunneling models using VPN Gateway.

Alibaba Cloud supports Internet Protocol security (IPsec) VPN connections.

Note: Alibaba Cloud VPN Gateway provides services in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations of the clients host country. VPN Gateway does not provide Internet access services.



VPN Gateway provides the following functions:

  • IPsec-VPN

    VPN Gateway can create IPsec connections over an IPsec VPN tunnel. You can create an IPsec connection to connect a VPC to a local data center or to connect two VPCs. IPsec connections support IKEv1 and IKEv2 protocols, and any device that supports these two protocols can connect to Alibaba Cloud VPN Gateway. Devices supporting both protocols include those from Huawei, H3C, Cisco, ASN, Juniper, SonicWall, Nokia, IBM, and Ixia.

    For more information, go to the IPsec-VPN Quick Start Tutorials and see Configure a site-to-site connection and Configure a VPC-to-VPC connection.


    VPN Gateway can create SSL-VPN connections over the SSL protocol. You can create an SSL-VPN connection to connect a remote client (such as an IOS device or a laptop) to applications deployed in a VPC.

    For more information, go to the SSL-VPN Quick Start Tutorials and see Windows client remote access, Mac client remote access, and Linux client remote access.


VPN Gateway offers the following benefits:

  • High security: You can use IPsec (IKEv1/IKEv2) and SSL protocols to encrypt data transferred through VPN Gateway tunnels.

  • High availability: Using the active/standby deployment mode, VPN Gateway automatically goes into failover mode within one second. This will have minimal effect on the processing of client data.

  • Low cost: Provisioning traditional Internet infrastructure, encrypted communication tunnels are more cost-effective than establishing dedicated, leased lines.

  • Easy to use: VPN Gateway is simple to implement and configurations take effect immediately.

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