About Equinix Connect

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Equinix ConnectEquinix Connect is a way to connect to the Internet. You connect your equipment to an Equinix-provided router or switch by means of one or more physical cross connects. provides direct internet access if you have single or dual port connections from 100M to 10G (or 100G, which is available in select locations). Multiple large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are used at every location to ensure redundancy. Equinix Connect supports various protocols, including Border Gateway Protocol (BGPBorder Gateway Protocol. A standardized exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information between autonomous systems on the internet.), VRRP (static and direct), and Direct and Static routing.

Equinix Connect routers are connected to local Equinix Internet ExchangeEquinix Internet Exchange enables you to exchange internet traffic through public peering. (IX) switches that offer a shortcut to access local peers. This means optimal performance which isn't possible from a third-party ISP.


Some important features of Equinix Connect are:

  • Flexible product configurations
  • Built-in redundancy and consistent low latency services
  • Scalable bandwidth with traffic bursting and usage-based billing
  • Guaranteed up-time with multi-homed configurations that carry a 99.99% availability SLA
  • Rich SaaSSoftware as a Service ecosystem available with highly localized access
  • Simplified management with one invoice, real-time bandwidth reporting, and support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Internet Access Types

Equinix offers three types of internet access.

  • Primary internet service - Provides main internet access for IP transit needs: 

  • Secondary internet service - Supplies alternative or backup internet access to carrier-direct services:

    • Low bandwidth, redundant connection to manage and monitor your infrastructure

    • Second source of internet access to provide business continuity and failover, when your primary access is a non-Equinix source

    • Flexible and scalable bandwidth plans, single- or dual-homed options, static or BGP routing choices, and additional IPv4 and IPv6 addresses

  • Out-of-band management – Provides an alternate channel, separate from your primary internet access:

    • Alternate connectivity method to monitor and manage servers and networks in the data center

    • Helpful for initial setup of build configurations, and for ongoing support

    • Useful when primary internet access is not available or is not preferred

See the Equinix Connect data sheet for more specifications.