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AWS Direct Connect

By connecting directly to AWS and avoiding a public internet server, you can improve application performance. Multiple encryption methods are available to protect your data as it travels between your network and AWS. Reduce your networking expenditures by taking advantage of AWS’s low data transmission rates.

How it works

The AWS Direct Connect cloud service connects you to your AWS resources in the least amount of time. While in transit, your network traffic remains on the AWS global network and never leaves it, ensuring that it never reaches the general public. This decreases the likelihood of encountering bottlenecks or experiencing unexpected spikes in latency. In the process of building a new connection, you may pick between a hosted connection supplied by an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner and a dedicated connection given by AWS—and deploy at any of the more than 100 AWS Direct Connect sites located around the world. Using AWS Direct Connect SiteLink, you can transport data across AWS Direct Connect sites in order to establish private network connections between your global network’s offices and data centers.

It is possible to connect to AWS Direct Connect from a variety of locations across the world. For example, in some campus environments, AWS Direct Connect can be accessed using normal cross-connects from other data centers run by the same provider and located on the same campus. There are numerous AWS Direct Connect locations and campus data centers where AWS Direct Connect can be accessed by a normal cross-connect. AWS advises that you use multiple AWS regions to ensure high uptime and availability. The default AWS Region for your connection is indicated by the Associated AWS Region column in the table. With AWS Direct Connect Gateway or public Virtual Interfaces, you can connect to any other AWS Region (excluding China) from your chosen location, regardless of where you are located. When using AWS Direct Connect Gateways or public Virtual Interfaces, traffic is sent directly between the AWS Direct Connect location selected and the destination AWS Region, bypassing the Associated AWS Region. This is known as direct connectivity.

Choosing the AWS Direct Connect site that is closest to your on-premises infrastructure will help you save money and time while also reducing management overhead. Place your workloads in the AWS Region that is closest to your on-premises infrastructure to achieve the lowest latency and best performance.

AWS Direct Connect can be set up with the assistance of a member of the AWS Partner Network if you do not have access to the necessary equipment at the AWS Direct Connect location. In addition to AWS Direct Connect service providers, APN Technology and Consulting Partners can assist you in gaining access to the AWS Direct Connect service. Network connections between an AWS Direct Connect site and your data centre, office, or colocation environment can be set up with the assistance of these APN Partner organizations.

Speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 100 Gbps are available through AWS Direct Connect, so you may choose the connection that best suits your needs. With a variety of encryption solutions, you may increase the security of communications between your data centers, branch offices, or colocation sites. At certain places, native IEEE 802.1AE (MACsec) point-to-point encryption is available to protect your 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps connections. AWS Site-to-Site VPN is also provided for secure connections between AWS instances that use IPsec (IP security). Using the AWS Direct Connect Service SiteLink establishes private, end-to-end network connections between the offices, data centers, and colocation facilities that are part of your worldwide network. You can turn on (or off) the SiteLink functionality with a simple configuration modification using the AWS Management Console, the WS Command Line Interface (CLI), or the AWS APIs after you have established connections at two or more AWS Direct Connect locations. In a matter of minutes, a worldwide, dependable, and private network is available for usage. Dedicated Connections establish connections to AWS through the use of a 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, or 100 Gbps Ethernet port. AWS Direct Connect Partners provide Hosted connections by utilizing pre-existing network connections between themselves and AWS. Connection speeds range from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps, and they are available in multiple configurations.


AWS Direct Connect is a cloud service that connects your network directly to AWS, allowing you to enjoy continuous, low-latency performance throughout your network. There is no minimum price when using AWS Direct Connect, which means you only pay for what you use. The service is free of charge, and you have the option to discontinue it at any point. There may be additional agreements that apply to services offered by your AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partners or another local service provider.

Components of the pricing structure

Connection prices for Amazon Web Services (AWS) services located in any AWS Region (such as an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud or an AWS Transit Gateway) are determined by three factors: capacity, port hours, and the amount of data transferred out (DTO).

Capacity: The highest rate at which data may be carried via a network connection is referred to as the capacity of the network link. Mbps (megabits per second) and GBPS (gigabits per second) are the capacities of AWS Direct Connect connections (Gbps). One gigabit per second, abbreviated as 1 Gbps, is equal to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) (1,000 Mbps).

Port Hours: When a port is provisioned for your usage with AWS, or an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner’s, networking equipment inside an AWS Direct Connect site, the time is measured in “port hours.” Even if no data is traveling via the port, you will be charged for the hours that the port is open. The price per port hour is defined by the connection type, which can be either dedicated or hosted.

In AWS Direct Connect locations, dedicated connections are physical connections between your network port and an AWS network port located within the same physical facility. Dedicated port hours are invoiced for as long as the port is reserved exclusively for your use by the service provider. When using the AWS Management Console, you can request a dedicated connection by going to the AWS Direct Connect area.

Hosted connections: These are logical connections that are provisioned on your behalf by an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner on your behalf. In the case of hosted connections, you connect to the AWS network by utilizing a port provided by the hosting partner. If you want to use a hosted connection, you can do so by contacting an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner in person.

Data transfer out It is the total amount of network traffic that is transferred through AWS Direct Connect to destinations that are not within the AWS infrastructure that is known as data transfer out (DTO). In contrast to capacity measures, DTO refers to the amount of data transported, rather than the speed at which it is transferred, and it is charged per gigabyte (GB). For the purpose of computing DTO, the actual rate depends on the AWS Region and AWS Direct Connect location you are utilizing (see tables below).

You only need to do the following once you have decided that your connectivity scenario is either “Present at AWS Direct Connect site” or “Connect from your premises.”

  • Choose an AWS Direct Connect location, how many connections you want to use, and the port size that you want to utilize before proceeding. It is possible to use many ports simultaneously in order to enhance bandwidth or to provide redundancy.
  • In order to create your connection request, log into the AWS Management Console (s).
  • As soon as your request has been confirmed, you will be able to download your Letter of Authorization – Connecting Facility Assignment (LOA-CFA) from the AWS Management Console and request a cross connect to AWS Direct Connect through the AWS Management Console.
  • You can work with an APN Partner who supports Direct Connect, or you can work with a network carrier of your choice if you are connecting from your location.
  • Provide the LOA-CFA to an APN Partner or to your service provider, who will establish the connection on your behalf using the information you have provided them.
  • Once the connection has been established, you may use the AWS Management Console to configure one or more virtual interfaces in order to establish network communication between the two instances.


Things to Remember:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) does not set up cross connections on your behalf. Providing the Letter of Authorization–Connecting Facility Assignment (LOA-CFA) to the AWS Direct Connect partner who worked with you to establish a dedicated physical connection to an AWS Direct Connect location is required if you worked with that partner to establish the dedicated physical connection.
  • As part of the AWS Service Delivery Program, AWS Direct Connect partners have undergone extra validation and are ready to assist you in gaining access to AWS Direct Connect.
  • Depending on whether you hired a non partner network provider, you will either require them to contract with the facilities provider on your behalf, or you will need to contract directly with the facilities provider to seek the cross connect.
  • To complete the cross connect if you already have equipment located at the AWS Direct Connect site, you will need to contact the facilities provider to arrange for it to be installed. AWS equipment at an AWS Direct Connect location is housed in a cage that is only available to AWS customers. Cross connects are used to connect different parts of the facility together. As a security safeguard, no equipment other than AWS equipment is permitted within the AWS cage.
  • The AWS GovCloud (US) management console is used to order the ports that are utilized to connect to the AWS GovCloud (US). Details on how to get started in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region can be found by visiting the following link.
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