Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will soon discontinue EC2-Classic, which was first introduced in the first release of Amazon EC2 in 2006.
According to cloud computing giants, EC2-Classic is an environment where instances “run on a single flat network shared with other customers.”
When EC2-Classic was introduced, AWS’s first customers quickly realized its value and used it to host websites, support the launch of Justin.TV, and Animoto used it. Expanded to 3,400 instances. The company’s Facebook app spread by word of mouth.
AWS then launched Amazon Virtual Private Cloud in 2009 and 2013. Based on this, the company has released Virtual Private Clouds for Everyone. AWS accounts created after December 2013 are already VPCs only, unless EC2-Classic is enabled as a result of your support request, which makes it a little easier to discontinue your company’s customers.
According to a new blog post from AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr, AWS plans to make EC2-Classic a “smooth and non-stop” for its customers. As part of the plan, the company provides customers with sufficient lead time to plan, test, and execute migrations.
Starting October 30, this year, AWS will disable EC2-Classic in regions where there are no active EC2-Classic resources. The company will also stop selling both 1-year and 3-year Reserved Instances of EC2-Classic.
AWS expects that all migrations from EC2-Classic to VPC will be completed by August 15th next year and that there are no EC2-Classic resources left in your AWS account. However, the company has no plans to disrupt the customer’s workload and will do its best to meet these dates.
For customers who are still running EC2-Classic instances, AWS has also released a guide detailing how to migrate from EC2-Classic to a VPC.
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