Q. What is AWS Direct Connect?
AWS Direct Connect is a network service that provides an alternative to using the Internet to utilize AWS cloud services.
Q. Why should I connect my on-premises environment to AWS using Direct Connect?
AWS Direct Connect is a network service that provides an alternative to using the Internet to utilize AWS cloud services. AWS Direct Connect enables customers to have low latency, secure and private connections to AWS for workloads which require higher speed or lower latency than the internet.
Q. Can I use Direct Connect to securely connect my data center to AWS?
AWS Direct Connect does not involve the Internet; instead, it uses dedicated, private network connections between your intranet and Amazon VPC. Customers can also implement additional security controls by encrypting the traffic that rides the direct connections using similar protocols like SSL, HTTPs and SSH.
Q. How can I get started with AWS Direct Connect?
Use the AWS Direct Connect tab on the AWS Management Console to create a new connection. Then you will change the region to the region you wish to use. When requesting a connection, you will be asked to select the AWS Direct Connect location you wish to use, the number of ports, and the port speed. You will also have the opportunity to request to have an APN Partner contact you if you need assistance extending your office or data center network to the AWS Direct Connect location.
Q. Can I use AWS Direct Connect if my network is present at an AWS Direct Connect location?
Yes, If you have equipment located in the AWS Direct Connect location, you will basically order your direct connection on the AWS Management Console and also request a cross connection to your equipment. To learn more about how to set this up please use this link.
Q. Can I use AWS Direct Connect if my network is not present at an AWS Direct Connect location?
Yes. APN Partners supporting AWS Direct Connect can help you extend your preexisting data center or office network to an AWS Direct Connect location. Please see APN Partners for more information.
Q. What connection speeds are supported by AWS Direct Connect?
For Dedicated Connections, 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, and 100 Gbps ports are available. For Hosted Connections, connection speeds of 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 5 Gbps and 10 Gbps may be ordered from approved Direct Connect Partners. See Direct Connect Partners for more information.