Getting started with AWS Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect enables you to directly interface your on-premises network with a device at an AWS Direct Connect location. The following procedures demonstrate the common scenarios to get set up with an AWS Direct Connect connection. You can also refer to the article How do I provision an AWS Direct Connect connection? in the Knowledge Center.

You can set up an AWS Direct Connect connection in one of the following ways.

Scenario Method

Present at AWS Direct Connect Location

Connect directly to an AWS device from your router at an AWS Direct Connect location using 1Gbps or 10Gbps connection.

Connect from your premises

Work with a partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) or a network provider that will help you connect a router from your data center, office, or colocation environment to an AWS Direct Connect location. The network provider does not have to be a member of the APN to connect you.

Connection via AWS Direct Connect Partner

Work with a partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) who will create a hosted connection for you. Sign up for AWS, and then follow the instructions to accept your hosted connection.

Once you have determined that your connectivity scenario is either 'Present at AWS Direct Connect location' or 'Connect from your premises', you simply:

  • Decide on an AWS Direct Connect location, how many connections you would like to use, and the port size. Multiple ports can be used simultaneously for increased bandwidth or redundancy.
  • Use the AWS Management Console to create your connection request(s).
  • Once your request is confirmed, you will be able to download your Letter of Authorization – Connecting Facility Assignment (LOA-CFA) from the AWS Management Console and request a cross-connect to AWS Direct Connect.
  • If you are connecting from your premises, you can work with an APN Partner supporting Direct Connect or a network carrier of your choice.
  • Provide the LOA-CFA to an APN Partner or your service provider who will establish the connection on your behalf.
  • Once the connection is up, use the AWS Management Console to configure one or more virtual interfaces to establish network connectivity.

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