Cloud networks and subnets

Cloud networks

A cloud network is similar to a traditional LAN in a data center. Cloud networks are created in folders and used for transmitting information between cloud resources and connecting resources to the internet.

Yandex Compute Cloud VM instances and hosts of managed databases provide access to and from the internet via public IP addresses.

Outgoing traffic filtering

Yandex.Cloud always blocks outgoing traffic to port 25:

  • To any servers on the internet other than Yandex.Mail servers.
  • To Yandex Compute Cloud VM instances when accessed via a public IP address.


A subnet is a range of IP addresses in a cloud network. Addresses from this range can be assigned to cloud resources, such as VM instances and DB clusters. Subnets can only be created in the folder the cloud network belongs to.

The size of a subnet is set using the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) method. Subnets can only use private IPv4 addresses from the ranges defined by RFC 1918:


The maximum CIDR size in these ranges is /16 and the minimum is /28.

Subnet IP address ranges cannot overlap within the same cloud network. The first two addresses from any range are allocated to the gateway (x.x.x.1) and DNS server (x.x.x.2).

Traffic can be transmitted between subnets of the same network, but not subnets of different networks. To transfer traffic between subnets of different networks, use public IP addresses.

To have a resource connected to a subnet, make sure it resides in the same availability zone as the subnet. You cannot move subnets to different availability zones.