Using an elastic IP address allows you to rapidly fail over to another machine in a dynamic Amazon Web Services cloud environment. In vRealize Automation, the elastic IP address is available to all business groups that have rights to the region.

An administrator can allocate elastic IP addresses to your Amazon Web Services account by using the AWS Management Console. There are two groups of elastic IP addresses in any given a region, one range is allocated for non-Amazon VPC instances and another range is for Amazon VPCs. If you allocate addresses in a non-Amazon VPC region only, the addresses are not available in an Amazon VPC. The reverse is also true. If you allocate addresses in an Amazon VPC only, the addresses are not available in a non-Amazon VPC region.

The elastic IP address is associated with your Amazon Web Services account, not a particular machine, but only one machine at a time can use the address. The address remains associated with your Amazon Web Services account until you choose to release it. You can release it to map it to a specific machine instance.

An IaaS architect can add a custom property to a blueprint to assign an elastic IP address to machines during provisioning. Machine owners and administrators can view the elastic IP addresses assigned to machines, and machine owners or administrators with rights to edit machines can assign an elastic IP addresses after provisioning. However, if the address is already associated to a machine instance, and the instance is part of the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud deployment, Amazon does not assign the address.

For more information about creating and using Amazon elastic IP addresses, see Amazon Web Services documentation.