I’m looking into the AWS Direct Connect service, and I’m not sure which connection type to choose. 

When using Direct Connect, you can create a virtual interface (VIF) in one of three ways:

  • Create it on your own AWS account where the parent Direct Connect connection exists (known as a "standard VIF")
  • Create it on a different AWS account using the same parent Direct Connect connection or purchase a virtual interface from an Amazon Partner Network (APN) partner, who will provision it on your behalf (known as a "hosted VIF")
  • Purchase a sub-1G connection from an APN partner, who will provision it on your behalf (known as a "hosted connection")

Hosted virtual interfaces (VIF) Hosted virtual interfaces (VIF) can connect to public resources or a VPC in the same way as standard VIFs, except that the account that owns the hosted VIF is different from the connection owner. Bandwidth is shared across all virtual interfaces on the parent connection. For instructions for creating a hosted VIF, see Create a Hosted Virtual Interface.

Hosted connections allow an APN partner to create a Direct Connect sub-1G connection for you, allocating dedicated bandwidth for that connection rather than having multiple VIFs on the same parent connection competing for bandwidth. Contact an APN partner for more information. After the APN partner has created the connection, follow the instructions at Accept a Hosted Connection.

Note: You can create only one VIF per hosted Direct Connect connection, and you can’t add or edit VLAN information to create a new VIF from the AWS Management Console. Each hosted connection is assigned a VLAN on creation by the partner, and each virtual interface on a given connection requires a unique VLAN tag that can only be provisioned by the partner. If you need additional private or public virtual interfaces, request another hosted connection from your APN partner.

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Published: 2016-08-02