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AWS Direct Connect links your internal network to an AWS Direct Connect location over a standard 1 gigabit or 10 gigabit Ethernet fiber-optic cable. One end of the cable is connected to your router, the other to an AWS Direct Connect router. With this connection in place, you can create virtual interfaces directly to the AWS cloud (for example, to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon Simple Storage Service) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, bypassing Internet service providers in your network path. An AWS Direct Connect location provides access to Amazon Web Services in the region it is associated with. You can establish connections with AWS Direct Connect locations in multiple regions, but a connection in one region does not provide connectivity to other regions.
The following diagram shows how AWS Direct Connect interfaces with your network.
In order to use AWS Direct Connect, your network must meet one of the following conditions:
Your network is colocated with an existing AWS Direct Connect location. For more information on available AWS Direct Connect locations, go to http://aws.amazon.com/directconnect/.
You are working with an AWS Direct Connect partner who is a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN) to connect to AWS Direct Connect. For a list of AWS Direct Connect partners who belong to the AWS Partner Network (APN), and who can help you connect to AWS Direct Connect, go to http://aws.amazon.com/directconnect.
You are working with an independent service provider to connect to AWS Direct Connect.
In addition, your network must meet the following conditions:
Connections to AWS Direct Connect require single mode fiber, 1000BASE-LX (1310nm) for 1 gigabit Ethernet, or 10GBASE-LR (1310nm) for 10 gigabit Ethernet. You must support 802.1Q VLANs across these connections.
Your network must support Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and BGP MD5 authentication. Optionally, you may configure Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD).
To connect to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), you must first do the following:
Provide a private Autonomous System Number (ASN). Amazon will allocate a private IP address in the 169.x.x.x range to you.
Create a virtual private gateway and attach it to your VPC. For more information about creating a virtual private gateway, go to Adding an IPsec Hardware Virtual Private Gateway to Your VPC.
To connect to public Amazon Web Services such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3, you need to provide the following:
A public ASN that you own (preferred) or a private ASN.
Public IP addresses (/30) (that is, one for each end of the BGP session) for each BGP session. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have public IP addresses to assign to this connection.
The public routes that you will advertise over BGP.
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Get a general product overview and information about pricing
Sign up for AWS Direct Connect and configure a connection
Work with AWS Direct Connect connections
Calculate monthly costs
Troubleshoot issues with AWS Direct Connect