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2009-08-21

Amazon EC2 Instance Addressing Concepts: IP & DNS Name

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All Amazon EC2 instances are assigned two IP addresses at launch: a private address (RFC 1918) and a public address that are directly mapped to each other through Network Address Translation (NAT). Private addresses are only reachable from within the Amazon EC2 network. Public addresses are reachable from the Internet.

 

Amazon EC2 also provides an internal DNS name and a public DNS name which map to the private and public IP addresses respectively. The internal DNS name can only be resolved within Amazon EC2. The public DNS name resolves to the public IP address outside the Amazon EC2 network and the private IP address within the Amazon EC2 network.

 

If you require persistent Internet routable IP addresses that can be assigned to and removed from instances as necessary, use elastic IP addresses.

 

1?Private (RFC 1918) Addresses

All Amazon EC2 instances are allocated a private address by DHCP. These ranges are defined in RFC 1918, are only routable within Amazon EC2, and are used for communication between instances.

 

This private address is associated exclusively with the instance for its lifetime and is only returned to Amazon EC2 when the instance terminates.

 

Always use the internal address when you are communicating between Amazon EC2 instances. This ensures that your network traffic follows the highest bandwidth, lowest cost, and lowest latency path through our network.

 

2?Internal DNS Name

Each instance is provided an internal DNS name that resolves to the private IP address of the instance from within Amazon EC2; it will not resolve outside of Amazon EC2.

 

3?Public Addresses

At launch, a public address is also associated with each Amazon EC2 instance using Network Address Translation (NAT). For more information about NAT, go to RFC 1631: The IP Network Address Translator (NAT).

 

This public address is associated exclusively with the instance until it is terminated or replaced with an elastic IP address.

 

Amazon EC2 instances that access other instances through their public NAT IP address are charged for regional or Internet data transfer, depending on whether the instances are in the same region.

 

4?Public DNS

Each instance is provided an external DNS name that resolves to the public IP address of the instance outside the Amazon EC2 network and the private IP address from within Amazon EC2 network.

 

5?Elastic IP Addresses

By default, all Amazon EC2 instances are assigned two IP addresses at launch: a private (RFC 1918) address and a public address that is mapped to the private IP address through Network Address Translation (NAT).

 

If you use dynamic DNS to map an existing DNS name to a new instance’s public IP address, it might take up to 24 hours for the IP address to propagate through the Internet. As a result, new instances might not receive traffic while terminated instances continue to receive requests.

 

To solve this problem, Amazon EC2 provides elastic IP addresses. Elastic IP addresses are static IP addresses designed for dynamic cloud computing. Elastic IP addresses are associated with your account, not specific instances. Any elastic IP addresses that you associate with your account remain associated with your account until you explicitly release them. Unlike traditional static IP addresses, however, elastic IP addresses allow you to mask instance or Availability Zone failures by rapidly remapping your public IP addresses to any instance in your account.

 

You can only associate one elastic IP address with one instance at a time.

 

When you associate an elastic IP address with an instance, its current public IP address is released to the Amazon EC2 public IP address pool. If you disassociate an elastic IP address from the instance, the instance is automatically assigned a new public IP address within a few minutes.

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