In the last few weeks, we have been releasing amazing products and features for the resiliency of your IT: from our Multi-AZ strategy with fr-par-3 to Kubernetes Kosmos - offering you the ability to seamlessly launch pods between different Cloud providers to run your Kubernetes cluster.

Today, we are going a step further for the reliability of your environments with a strategic product for businesses: we are happy to announce the VPC Public Gateway General Availability, our managed DHCP & NAT gateway.

You may have heard about such solutions before, but we assure you that our Public Gateway is one of a kind. Bold statement? Just take a look at everything that our VPC Public Gateway has to offer.

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VPC Public Gateway: unleash the full potential of your Private Networks

With Private Networks, we gave you the capability to build your own private space within the Scaleway Network, isolating your workloads and resources from internet.

Public Gateway sits at the border of private networks to allocate private IP addresses (DHCP), and deal with traffic entering and exiting the network (NAT). Instead of configuring, running, and monitoring your own DHCP and NAT instances, you can now create and configure a gateway in a couple of clicks.

Our VPC Public Gateway pricing includes all egress traffic. A simple, predictable and affordable pricing letting you focus more on your core business and less on finops.

DHCP

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a network management protocol for dynamically assigning IP addresses and other configuration parameters to Instances in a private network. DHCP is a feature of a public gateway, which can take a pool of available IP addresses (range) and dynamically share them between Instances in the attached private networks. This eliminates the need for users to manually assign private IP addresses to their devices as they join or leave the network. Static associations can also be configured to assign specific IP addresses to specific Instances, according to their MAC addresses.

NAT

Network Address Translation maps private IP addresses in a private network to the public IP address of the Public Gateway. Private IP addresses are not routable on the public Internet, so NAT makes it possible for them to securely communicate with the internet via the gateway. There are two types of NAT:

  • Dynamic NAT enables egress traffic from a private network to the public Internet by dynamically, automatically mapping the outgoing traffic IP addresses and ports with the public IP address and ports of the public gateway.
  • Static NAT enables ingress traffic from the public Internet towards Instances on a private network by mapping pre-defined ports of the public IP address of the gateway to specific ports and IP addresses on the private network.

DNS

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a naming system for devices connected to the Internet or private networks. Most prominently, DNS servers translate text-based domain names (eg www.scaleway.com) to numerical IP addresses eg (51.158.66.220). In terms of VPC, the public gateway acts as a local DNS server for the Instances of a private network, resolving the Instances IP addresses into their hostname.

Flexible IP

Flexible IP addresses are public IP addresses associated with your account, which you can hold independently of your public gateway. When you create a public gateway, it receives a flexible (public) IP address by default, which is added to your account’s pool of flexible IPs. You can detach, reattach and migrate your flexible IPs from your public gateways at your convenience.


How to get started in minutes:

Test our Public Gateway to learn about its full potential with this tutorial that will help you get started:

Kind regards,
The Scaleway Network Products Team

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