There are several use cases for which AWS Direct Connect is desirable, including:

Working with Large Data Sets: Transferring large data sets over the Internet can be time consuming and expensive. If you are like most businesses, you have procured just enough bandwidth to meet your web and email needs, and share that Internet connection across the entire enterprise. When you use the cloud, you can find that transferring large data sets can be slow because your business critical network traffic is contending for bandwidth with your other Internet usage. To decrease the amount of time required to transfer your data, you could increase the bandwidth to your Internet service provider, which frequently requires a costly contract renewal and a minimum commitment. With AWS Direct Connect, you can transfer your business critical data directly from your datacenter, office, or colocation environment into and from AWS bypassing your Internet service provider and removing network congestion. Further, AWS Direct Connect’s simple pay as-you-go pricing, and no minimum commitment means you pay only for the network ports you use and the data you transfer over the connection, which can greatly reduce your networking costs.

Real-time Data Feeds: Applications that use real-time data feeds can also benefit from using AWS Direct Connect. For example, applications such as voice and video perform best when network latency remains constant. Network latency over the Internet can vary given that the Internet is constantly changing how data gets from point A to B. With AWS Direct Connect, you control how your data is routed, which can provide a more consistent network experience over Internet-based connections.

Hybrid Environments: AWS Direct Connect can help you build hybrid environments that satisfy regulatory requirements requiring the use of private connectivity. Hybrid environments allow you to combine the elasticity and economic benefits of AWS with the ability to utilize other infrastructure that you already own.

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AWS Direct Connect is available at locations around the world. The table below shows connectivity options to different AWS Regions.

AWS Direct Connect Location AWS Region
CIDS Jiachuang IDC, Beijing, China
China (Beijing)
CoreSite NY1 & NY2, New York, NY
US East (Virginia)
CoreSite VA1 & VA2, Reston, VA US East (Virginia)
CoreSite One Wilshire & 900 North Alameda, CA US West (Northern California)
CoreSite SV3-SV7, Santa Clara, CA US West (Northern California)
Digital Realty (UK) Docklands, London, England EU West (Ireland)
EdgeConneX, Portland, OR
US West (Oregon)
Eircom Clonshaugh, Dublin, Ireland EU West (Ireland)
Equinix AM3, Amsterdam, Netherlands EU Central (Frankfurt)
Equinix CH1-CH2 & CH4, Chicago, IL US East (Ohio)
Equinix DA1 - DA3 & DA6, Dallas, TX US East (Virginia)
Equinix DC1 - DC6 & DC10, Ashburn, VA
US East (Virginia)
Equinix FR5, Frankfurt, Germany
EU Central (Frankfurt)
Equinix LA3 & LA4, El Segundo, CA US West (Northern California)
Equinix LD4 - LD6, London, England EU West (Ireland)
Equinix OS1, Osaka, Japan
Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
Equinix SE2 & SE3, Seattle, WA US West (Oregon)
Equinix SG2, Singapore Asia Pacific (Singapore)
Equinix SV1 & SV5, San Jose, CA
US West (Northern California)
Equinix SV1 & SV5, San Jose, CA AWS GovCloud (US)
Equinix SY3, Sydney, Australia
Asia Pacific (Sydney)
Equinix TY2, Tokyo, Japan
Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
Global Switch, Singapore Asia Pacific (Singapore)
Global Switch, Sydney, Australia
Asia Pacific (Sydney)
GPX, Mumbai, India Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
GPX, Mumbai, India Asia Pacific (Singapore)
Interxion, Dublin, Ireland EU West (Ireland)
Interxion, Frankfurt, Germany
EU Central (Frankfurt)
Interxion, Madrid, Spain EU Central (Frankfurt)
Interxion, Stockholm, Sweden EU Central (Frankfurt)
KINX, Seoul, Korea Asia Pacific (Seoul)
Pittock Block, Portland, OR US West (Oregon)
QTS Chicago, IL US East (Ohio)
Sify Rabale, Mumbai, India Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
Sinnet Jiuxianqiao IDC, Beijing, China
China (Beijing)
Switch SUPERNAP 8, Las Vegas, NV
US West (Oregon)
Telehouse Voltaire, Paris, France EU Central (Frankfurt)
Terremark NAP do Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brasil
South America (Sao Paulo)
TierPoint, Seattle, WA US West (Oregon)
Tivit, Sao Paulo, Brasil South America (Sao Paulo)

If you don’t have preexisting infrastructure at one of our AWS Direct Connect locations, don’t worry. AWS has a growing list of APN Technology and Consulting Partners (formerly called AWS Direct Connect Solution Providers) who can assist you in using the AWS Direct Connect service. These APN Partners can help you establish network circuits between an AWS Direct Connect location and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, or assist you in constructing a hybrid environment.

*Note: All use of the term "partner" herein refers exclusively to a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN).

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