Updated on 2024-01-25 GMT+08:00

What Is VPN?


Virtual Private Network (VPN) establishes secure, reliable, and cost-effective encrypted connections between your on-premises network or data center and a virtual network on Huawei Cloud.

Huawei Cloud VPN supports only non-cross-border connections.

VPN involves three key components: VPN gateway, customer gateway, and VPN connection.

  • A VPN gateway provides an Internet egress for a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to connect to a customer gateway in your on-premises data center.
  • A VPN connection connects a VPN gateway to a customer gateway through encrypted tunnels, enabling communication between a VPC and your on-premises data center. This helps quickly establish a secure hybrid cloud environment.

Figure 1 shows the VPN networking.

Figure 1 VPN networking


  • VPN gateway: a virtual gateway of VPN on the cloud. It establishes secure private connections with a customer gateway in your on-premises network or data center.
  • Customer gateway: a resource that provides information to Huawei Cloud about your customer gateway device. It can be a physical device or software application in your on-premises data center.
  • VPN connection: a secure channel between a VPN gateway and a customer gateway. VPN connections use the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) and IPsec protocols to encrypt the transmitted data.

Accessing the VPN Service

You can access the VPN service through the web-based management console.

  • If you have registered an account, log in to the management console and choose Networking > Virtual Private Network to log in to the VPN console.
  • If you do not have an account, register one first by referring to "Registering a HUAWEI ID and Enabling Huawei Cloud Services" in Preparations.