I received a notification that my AWS Direct Connect connection will be down temporarily for maintenance. What should I do to prepare for this downtime?

When a Direct Connect connection is down for maintenance, it can be down for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. To prepare for this downtime, consider one or more of the following options:

  • Request redundant Direct Connect connections in the same location. Maintenance is performed on a single router at a time, and if you request multiple connections to the same co-location site from the same AWS account, AWS will configure them on separate routers. For information on requesting a new Direct Connect connection, see Getting Started with AWS Direct Connect.
  • Request a redundant Direct Connect connection at a different site. Locating your redundant Direct Connect connection at a different co-location site provides you with a secondary connection if the first is down for maintenance, along with the added benefit that if the entire co-location site is affected by an infrastructure event, your application will still have an available connection.
  • Configure a virtual private network (VPN) connection as a backup. If you’re looking for a shorter-term or lower-cost solution, you might consider configuring a hardware VPN as a failover option for a Direct Connect connection. For more information on hardware VPNs, see Adding a Hardware Virtual Private Gateway to Your VPC.
    Note: VPN connections are not designed to provide the same level of bandwidth available to most Direct Connect connections. Ensure that your use case or application can tolerate a lower bandwidth if you use a VPN to replace a Direct Connect connection.

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Published: 2016-11-25