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IP Address Types and Their Significance in Cloud Networking

Introduction

In the rapidly evolving landscape of cloud computing, understanding IP address types is fundamental to optimizing network architecture. IP addresses serve as the backbone of communication across the internet and within cloud environments. This article explores the various IP address types and their crucial role in the realm of cloud networking.

IP address types

1. IPv4 Addresses

2. IPv6 Addresses

3. Public IP Addresses

4. Private IP Addresses

5. Elastic IP Addresses

Comparison of IP Address Types


IP Address Type

Address Length

Scope

Routability

Use Case in Cloud Networking

IPv4

32 bits

Global

Routable on the Internet

Managing connections in a world still predominantly IPv4.

IPv6

128 bits

Global

Routable on the Internet

Future-proofing cloud networks with a vast address space.

Public IP

N/A

Global

Routable on the Internet

Enabling external communication with cloud resources.

Private IP

N/A

Local

Non-routable

Facilitating secure communication within a cloud network.

Elastic IP

N/A

Local (cloud)

Routable on the Internet

Providing persistent addresses for dynamic cloud instances.

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