This topic provides an overview of how to use cloud products in the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) network. Most cloud products support the VPC network. You can select the VPC network when creating cloud resources, or create a VPC first and then create cloud resources in the VPC.

How to use VPC?

VPC is an isolated private network. By default, different VPCs cannot communicate with one another through intranet. Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances in a VPC cannot access the Internet or be accessed by the Internet, and cannot access the classic network through intranet. However, Alibaba Cloud provides a range of connectivity options to allow Internet and intranet access.

Note Cloud products requiring intranet communication must use the same network type. For example, if an ECS instance in a VPC network needs to access a Server Load Balancer (SLB) instance or ApsaraDB for RDS (RDS) instance through intranet, the SLB instance and the RDS instance must also use the VPC network, otherwise the access will fail.

For different cloud products, the way you choose to use VPC is different:

  • Choose to use VPC on the purchase page

    This method mainly applies to cloud products such as ECS, RDS and SLB. These cloud products provide different networks for you to choose. You can select the VPC when purchasing an instance. After an instance is created, a private IP address or a private endpoint will be allocated to the instance.

  • Choose to use VPC on the console

    This method applies to cloud products such as Table Store, Container Service, E-MapReduce and Network Attached Storage.

    You can set a VPC endpoint for a Table Store instance on the Table Store console, choose to use VPC when creating a Container Service cluster or E-MapReduce cluster on the console.

  • View VPC endpoints

    This applies to cloud products such as Log Service, Object Storage Service and ECS. You can view help documents of the following products:

    You can call APIs for other cloud products through the PrivateZone intranet. For more information, see Activate PrivateZone.

How to change the network type?

  • For some instance type cloud products such as ApsaraDB for RDS, you can change the network type from the classic network to VPC on the console.

  • Server Load Balancer does not support network type changes. You can purchase an SLB instance of the VPC network and then add ECS instances of the VPC network to it.

For more information, see Overview of migration solutions.