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AWS Direct Connect – Access to Multiple US Regions

AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Our customers use Direct Connect to reduce their network costs, increase throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.

Connect Now
Effective immediately, you can provision a single connection to any Direct Connect location in the United States and use it to access all four of the AWS Regions in the US (US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US)). Data transferred between Regions flows over network infrastructure maintained by Amazon and does not flow across the public Internet.

If you have already used Direct Connect to create a dedicated connection, the new routing is already in effect. Our networking infrastructure now announces routes to the connection via the usual BGP announcements.

What You Get
As a Direct Connect user, you will see a number of benefits from this change.

Cost Savings – One connection, to any AWS Region in the US, can potentially take the place of up to four existing connections. You will pay less for your network circuits and for Direct Connect, and the per GB data transfer cost is also lower.

Improved AWS Access – Your on-premises applications can now connect to the public endpoints of AWS services running in any of the AWS Regions in the US.

Enhanced Data Protection – Data transferred between the application and AWS will not flow across the public Internet.

This new feature is included in the cost of Direct Connect. You pay only for data transfer from the remote Regions to your Direct Connect Region. This data transfer is billed at the rate of $0.03/GB.

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Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.