AWS Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection from their on-premises data center to their environments. In many cases, this service can reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, reduce latency, increase security, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet or IP-VPN connections.

Equinix is an AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery program partner. These partners must meet strict requirements and provide additional features and functionality not offered by other Direct Connect partners. This includes higher speed hosted connections with 1, 2, 5 and 10 Gbps bandwidth options. See AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Partners for more information.

Connecting to AWS

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  1. Within the AWS Management Console, go to Support > Support Center and find your Account number.. Remember this Account Number, as you will need this later.

    See also AWS Account ID.

  2. Within the ECX Fabric portal, click Create a ConnectionConnection is a general term that refers to any solution that results in the ability to pass data from one point to another. Connections can be made with Layer 2 or Layer 3 technology, may involve several parts or components and can be created from the portal or with APIs in a variety of ways..

  3. Selectthe AWS card, then from the connection card that you want to create, click Create Connection.

  4. Choose the Origin Metro, Destination Port, and the ECX Port.

    Note: Destination Metros that are different from Origin Metros could incur Remote charges when using ECX Fabric.

  5. Enter the connection name, VLAN ID and AWS account number., then choose the connection speed.

  6. Review your information, including email addresses, then click Submit your order.

    The Success message appears and you will receive a confirmation email.

    Another email arrives letting you know the order is provisioned.

    You can confirm the connection status from the Inventory page.

  7. Go back to the AWS Console, and accept Direct Connect Hosted Connection.

  8. Click Connections, then expand the connection.
  9. Check the charges confirmation box, then click Accept Connection.