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Amazon Web Services Direct Connect

With AWS Direct Connect, companies can connect their IT infrastructure directly to Amazon Web Services in EdgeConneX’s Portland Edge Data Center, or use other partnering Software Defined Networking platforms located in multiple Edge Data Centers across North America and Europe. These services establish a private connection to the AWS cloud that can reduce costs, increase performance, and provide a more secure and consistent network experience. AWS Direct Connect enables a dedicated connection to the various cloud services offered by AWS, all bypassing the public internet.

AWS Direct Connect links your internal network to the AWS cloud over a direct point-to-point connection. It is a network service, and works with all the same AWS cloud services that are accessible over the public internet. Once connected into AWS Direct Connect, you can create virtual interfaces directly to the AWS cloud, gaining access to many of the services offered by AWS, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and to your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

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What are the Benefits?

Private Connectivity to Your Amazon VCP

You can use AWS Direct Connect to establish a private virtual interface from your on-premise network directly to your Amazon VPC, providing you with a private, high bandwidth network connection between your network and your VPC. With multiple virtual interfaces, you can even establish private connectivity to multiple VPCs while maintaining network isolation.

Consistent Network Performance

Network latency over the Internet can vary given that the Internet is constantly changing how data gets from point A to B. With AWS Direct Connect, you choose the data that utilizes the dedicated connection and how that data is routed which can provide a more consistent network experience over Internet-based connections.

Reduces your bandwidth costs

If you have bandwidth-heavy workloads that you wish to run in AWS, AWS Direct Connect reduces your network costs into and out of AWS in two ways. First, by transferring data to and from AWS directly, you can reduce your bandwidth commitment to your Internet service provider. Second, all data transferred over your dedicated connection is charged at the reduced AWS Direct Connect data transfer rate rather than Internet data transfer rates.

Compatible with All AWS Services

AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to scale your connection depending on your networking requirements. Both 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps connection options are available, and you can easily provision multiple connections if additional capacity is needed. AWS Direct Connect is a network service, and works with all AWS services that are accessible over the Internet, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

What is Megaport, and how does it help provide access to AWS Direct Connect?

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Megaport is a software service controlling a global hardware infrastructure that supplies elastic bandwidth for virtual connections, all enabled through a web portal or mobile app, allowing full automation and service flexibility. EdgeConneX has partnered with Megaport in multiple Edge Data Centers to bring on-demand private cloud access to the edge, all leveraging their global network footprint.

Service Benefits

  • Automatic provisioning and deprovisioning of connections established to leading global cloud providers including the AWS cloud
  • Flexible contract terms offered on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis
  • Total Network Management control provided over iOS, Android, Windows, and any compliant web browser

How Do I Order?

Steps for getting AWS Direct Connect Services

  1. Sign up for Amazon Web Services
  2. Access the AWS Direct Connect Console and submit AWS Direct Connection Request with AWS
  3. If ordering a full port at a native on-ramp site, order the corresponding Cross Connect with EdgeConneX or through your local access partner (after LOA/CFA is received from AWS)
  4. Activate your virtual interface with AWS


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