Release Notes 6.6

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Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric's ECX Release 6.6 (available as of December 9, 2019) delivers a set of new features over its predecessor release 6.5. Details on the new features are listed in the Release Summary section below.

Release Summary

This release focuses on increasing ECX FabricClosedECX Fabric is an advanced interconnection solution that improves performance by providing a direct, private network connection capabilities through the following features:


Full Bandwidth Resizing – Generic Layer 2 connections and Connections to Oracle Cloud

This phase of the bandwidth resizing feature provides for a consistent experience. This change adds bandwidth resizing for generic layer 2 connections and connections to Oracle cloud

  1. Generic Layer 2 Connections: This feature extends the bandwidth resize feature from prior releases to private Layer 2 connections and/or non-integrated CSPs (including remote connections) with the following use cases:
    • Use Case: a user has a Layer 2 connection between two ports on the ECX Fabric that they own, not to another CSP, they initially ordered 50M but now want to increase to 1G. In this case, no approvals of the bandwidth upgrade would be required but they would need to acknowledge a billing increase.
    • Use Case: a user has a Layer 2 connection to a non-API Integrated private service profile. The owner of the non-integrated service profile needs to approve the bandwidth upgrade first and the user would need to acknowledge a billing increase.
  2. Oracle offers 1,2,3,4,5 and 10G speeds and bills based on consumption. They allow both upgrades and downgrades of speeds.

    This integration will work as follows: the customer will make a change in Oracle, then come to the ECX Fabric portal to make the change. We will update the new bandwidth via an API call from Oracle. These changes are subject to the 24-hour rule

VC Migration – AWS Diversity Correction and Azure Primary/Secondary

This feature offers our customers the ability to migrate connections between ports quickly and easily.

The Equinix NetOps team uses the VC Migration tool to assist customers with migrating between ports. Examples of these tasks:

  • Migrating from a 1G port to a 10G port
  • Migrating from a standard port to an unlimited port
  • A more complex scenario where a customer wants a primary port in one IBX and the secondary port in another IBX, but all of their connections are on one single port

With this change, Equinix administrators can migrate an ECX AWS Seller NNI port VLAN's to another AWS NNI port.

This change adds additional stability since it eliminates situations where a customer’s primary and secondary VCs to AWS could go down simultaneously during AWS maintenance on one AWS router. Other benefits include allowing NetOps to free up existing Equinix-to-AWS standard NNIs with few VCs and repurpose them for high speed Equinix-to-AWS NNIs.

Enable 100G Ports in ECX Portal & API (Layer 2-only)

This feature allows ECX Fabric portal users to procure a 100G port to create connections to other ports. This change enables users to consolidate capacity into more efficient I/O.

  • Users who purchase services on the ECX Fabric portal can use these ports to consolidate existing 10G ports
  • Create multiple 10G VC’s using these newly offered 100G ports
  • Sellers of services on the ECX Fabric portal can procure a 100G port and then include it in their service profiles to consolidate their capacity
  • Max size of a VC is limited to 10G

Concurrent Session Control

Using this feature, the customer’s master service administrators can configure the maximum number of concurrent sessions that are allowed for their customer organization’s users. Once the organization user reached the maximum number of sessions, they cannot log in and create another session until they terminate one of the existing sessions.

Each login from same or different device is considered one session. Multiple tabs in the same browser constitute only one session. Cross portal navigation from one portal to another in the same browser with one login attempt is also counted as one session.