Fabric Cloud Router Release Notes

Release Notes

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Equinix Fabric Cloud Router helps customers simplify their complex cloud-to-cloud and hybrid cloud networking challenges by providing on-demand, easy-to-configure, low-latency, enterprise-grade, multicloud routing that can be deployed on Equinix Fabric in as little as 45 seconds.

Release Date

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.3 is available in June 2024.

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.3

Fabric Cloud Router enhancements are also included with this release, including IPv4 router filters for IP-WAN connections, Equinix global billing accounts, and availability as a Solution Builder asset. Also, connections to Equinix Metal VLANs are now supported.

Fabric Cloud Router Connects to Equinix Metal VLANs

Customers can now create single or redundant connections directly to Fabric Cloud Router from their Equinix Metal virtual connections within the same metro. This new Cloud Router-to-Metal VLAN configuration provides high availability, scaling directly with the number and bandwidth of each connection. Customers can connect to multiple managed IPv4 and IPv6 Cloud Routers within the same metro. Once provisioned, the new connection is included in the Fabric Connections Inventory.

To set up Cloud Router connections to Metal using the Fabric portal workflow, see Connect to a Metal Virtual Connection. Instructions for using public API commands are available at Connect Fabric Cloud Router to Metal VLAN.

IPv4 Router Filters for IP-WAN Connections

Route filtering enhancements now provide greater control over the IPv4 inbound and outbound networks at the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peering points. This helps restrict the reachability of a user’s network, providing a level of isolation for the Cloud Router connections. This support is available for regional and global IP-WANs, and is managed through the Equinix Fabric portal or APIs. For more information, see Route Filters.

Ordering with Global Billing Accounts

Cloud Routers can be ordered using Equinix global billing. Users with an Equinix global billing account can purchase Cloud Router connections across multiple countries with a single currency. This simplifies the billing process for international deployments. See Billing Account Management for more information.

Cloud Router Available Through Solution Builder

Cloud Router is now a supported resource in Solution Builder, enabling users to easily design their configuration diagrams, then download them with price estimates. Using drag-and-drop functionality, users can add Cloud Routers to their designs, then create connections to ports, service profiles, virtual devices, and IP-WAN networks. Full summaries and topology views are also available for review. For more information about getting started, see Solution Builder.

Title Duration
Spotlight on Fabric Cloud Router 3:28 min

These demos describe setup and configuration of features and functionality in a release.

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Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to Google Cloud Platform 6:19 min
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to AWS and Azure 5:39 min
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Multi-Cloud Connectivity via Fabric Cloud Router Using Terraform 6:48 min

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.2 is available in April 2024.

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.2

With this release, Equinix Fabric Cloud Router provides enhancements to streamline the way customers view, configure, and manage their routing designs. Also, route filters can now be appliedwhile Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is disabled, providing users with the ability apply route filters to a connection before BGP is established. This release also introduces support for BGP AS Path Prepend, providing users with additional route engineering control.

Route Quota Events and Notifications

Fabric Cloud Router now notifies customers when routes reach 90% and 100% of their package quota. This feature aims to warn users in advance of possible impacts to services or configurations. Each route quota event contains severity and classification information, and notifications are displayed in the Fabric portal notifications.

Quota events are displayed in the Cloud Router event log:

AS Path Prepend

Cloud Router support for the AS PATH prepend is now available in the Route Details (and Fabric API) section of connections associated with Fabric Cloud Routers. This feature enables customers to increase the number of autonomous systems that are associated with an outbound route route and supports values: Disabled, 1, 3, and 5. The default value is Disabled and applies to all existing and new connections. If all other attributes are equal between two routes, BGP running on the receiving device should prefer the route with the shorter AS Path. This provides users with more granular control over how traffic arrives to their Fabric Cloud Routers.

BGP Connection Status

Now, Cloud Router simplifies how customers can view the current state of BGP enabled connections. The up or down state of BGP is now displayed in the connection details in addition to the Cloud Router Event Log. Users can easily observe the current state of BGP per connection and watch for changes in BGP state during BGP provisioning and other operations.

Additional Route Filtering Features

Route filtering in Cloud Router enables customers to create policies that filter the IPv4 and IPv6 prefixes that are received (ingress) and advertised (egress) with BGP. This latest release provides:

  • Improved, automatic notifications in the portal related to status changes of route filter policies.

  • Ability to apply a route filter to a virtual connection while BGP is disabled. Updating and removing route filter policies from connections with BGP disabled remains supported.

Title Duration
Spotlight on Fabric Cloud Router 3:28 min

These demos describe setup and configuration of features and functionality in a release.

Title Duration
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to Google Cloud Platform 6:19 min
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to AWS and Azure 5:39 min
Title Duration
Multi-Cloud Connectivity via Fabric Cloud Router Using Terraform 6:48 min

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.1 is available in February 2024.

Fabric Cloud Router 2024.1

This release of Equinix Fabric Cloud Router offers customers new features for connection and control. Network Edge connectivity is now available. Also, route filters and Quick Connect workflows to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) are supported. Also, the Advanced package provides enhanced hybrid cloud connectivity in a new service tier.

Network Edge Connectivity

For the deployment of multicloud applications, Cloud Router supports Network Edge as a centralized redundant secure access point. Now, customers can create redundant Fabric Cloud Router-to-Network Edge virtual device connections, for highly available internet connectivity to the private networks connected to the Cloud Router.

Route Filters

Fabric Cloud Router now enables users to set up route filter policies to control specific IP prefixes using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). These filters help protect Cloud Router integrity and availability, with its associated connections. Router filters are managed through the Equinix Fabric portal or APIs, and typically go into effect in less than a minute.

For information about creating, editing, and deleting a route filter policy, or attaching a route to a connection, see Route Filters.

Quick Connect to AWS and OCI

Cloud Router provides Quick Connect workflows for convenient ways to create connections. Now, Quick Connect choices for Amazon Web Services and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure are available. For instructions:

Advanced Package Option

Customers can now order the Advanced package tier when creating a Cloud Router. This option offers a new tier of service that exceeds the previous Lab and Standard package choices. The Advanced package supports 50 Gbps virtual connections and accommodates large networks containing thousands of routes, allowing customers to swiftly move large volumes of data between clouds. For details about the package tiers, see the Service Tiers table.

Title Duration
Spotlight on Fabric Cloud Router 3:28 min

These demos describe setup and configuration of features and functionality in a release.

Title Duration
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to Google Cloud Platform 6:19 min
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to AWS and Azure 5:39 min
Title Duration
Multi-Cloud Connectivity via Fabric Cloud Router Using Terraform 6:48 min

Fabric Cloud Router 2023.4 is available in December 2023.

Fabric Cloud Router 2023.4

This new version of Equinix Fabric Cloud Router is now commercially available, providing secure private connectivity for multicloud networking. Customers can connect applications across public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as hundreds of other service providers like Akamai, ServiceNow, and Zoom. With this release, Equinix delivers improved application performance, reduced cloud costs, and accelerated services to market.

Service Tiers

Cloud Router currently offers two service tiers, based on the number and type of connections needed:

  • Lab Tier – A maximum of 10 connections are supported, with a bandwidth of up to 50 Mbps per virtual connection.

  • Standard Tier – Up to 25 connections is recommended, with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps per virtual connection.

For more details about these service tiers and the connections they provide, see About Equinix Fabric Cloud Router.

Terraform Multicloud Support

Customers can now interact with Fabric Cloud Router in Terraform. The process for automated connectivity simply involves selecting the protocol, source, and destination for packets to flow, with no advanced router configuration needed. To learn more and view a helpful demo, see the Use Cases for Hybrid Multi-Cloud Applications.

Title Duration
Spotlight on Fabric Cloud Router 3:28 min

These demos describe setup and configuration of features and functionality in a release.

Title Duration
Connecting Fabric Cloud Router to AWS and Azure 5:39 min
Title Duration
Multi-Cloud Connectivity via Fabric Cloud Router Using Terraform 6:48 min