About Equinix Fabric Cloud Router

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Equinix Fabric Cloud Router is an on-demand, easy-to-deploy virtual routing service on Equinix Fabric that establishes flexible, private Layer 3 connectivity between public clouds, collocation, and other Equinix services across our software-defined global network. With these features, you can route traffic across your multicloud network more efficiently and at scale to achieve optimal performance, security, and control.

Features

  • Private, secure, high-speed connectivity between cloud providers

    • Provides Layer 3 connectivity enabled over Equinix Fabric, the most expansive private network of direct cloud on ramp access points worldwide. This enables you to transfer data using direct, low latency paths while bypassing the public internet.

  • On-demand access, no hardware or virtual machine required

    • Creates a virtual routing instance in minutes, with no physical equipment or licensing of a virtual machine required. This allows you to reduce network deployment times and lower costs and operational overhead.

  • Built-in high availability, resilient by design

    • Automatically distributes primary and secondary connections on discrete forwarding planes within a market. You can achieve a fault tolerant, redundant configuration without deploying a secondary device.

  • Scalable, pay-as-you-go service options

    • Service tiers are based on the routing capabilities you need, not on aggregate throughput.

    • Priced monthly with no long-term contract requirements, so that you can add or increase connection bandwidths without penalty or upgrades.

  • Enhanced network automation and management

    • Provides access to alerting, event logging, connection usage, and operational controls in the portal, or enabled for automation with APIs or Terraform. You can centralize your network management across different cloud providers and regions.

How It Works

A Fabric Cloud Router is used to join two or more independent virtual connections to cloud providers within the same market into a single routing domain. These Cloud Routers do not require a physical connection or infrastructure. And there is no need to own or manage hardware or a virtual machine, therefore you can create a Fabric Cloud Router at any time.

A physical cross connect isn't required, so an Equinix Fabric port is not needed. However, a Fabric Cloud Router can host Layer 2 virtual connections which can be used to extend to an Equinix Fabric port.

You can create Fabric Cloud Routers in different markets, and then, by using the IP-WAN feature, you can join the devices into a single routing domain. This feature can be used to connect multiple markets, regions of a single cloud provider, or multiple cloud providers.

Service Tiers

Equinix currently offers two service tiers for Cloud Router, based on the number and type of connections that you need. Additional tiers that include support for virtual connection bandwidth > 10Gpbs will be available in early 2024.

  Lab Tier* Standard Tier
Number of connections Maximum 10 Recommended up to 25
Maximum number of routes (IPv4/IPv6) 50/50 1000/100
Per virtual connection (VC) bandwidth Up to 50 Mbps Up to 10 Gbps
Connections
VC to Fabric Port Yes Yes
IP-WAN (regional/global) Yes Yes
VC to AWS Yes Yes
VC to Microsoft Azure Yes Yes
VC to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Yes Yes
Other L2 service profiles No Yes

* Limit of 3 Lab Tier Cloud Routers per organization.