What’s the difference between a hosted virtual interface (VIF) and a hosted connection?

Last updated: 2022-02-02

I'm not sure if I should use a hosted virtual interface (VIF) or a hosted connection with AWS Direct Connect. How do I choose which type of connection to use?


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

  • On the AWS account where the parent Direct Connect connection exists ("standard VIF")
  • On another AWS account using the same parent Direct Connect connection, or a VIF purchased from an Amazon Partner Network (APN) partner who provisions it for you ("hosted VIF")
  • A physical ethernet connection that an AWS Direct Connect partner provisions for you

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

Hosted connections allow an APN partner to create a Direct Connect connection for you. Complete bandwidth is allocated for the Direct Connect hosted connection. This allows creation of one VIF rather than having multiple VIFs on the same Direct Connect connection. The hosted Direct Connect connection values are 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 5 Gbps, and 10 Gbps. AWS Direct Connect partners that meet specific requirements can create a 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps hosted connection. Contact an AWS Partner Network (APN) to create the Direct Connect connection. Then, complete the steps to accept a hosted connection.

Note: You can create only one VIF per hosted Direct Connect connection. You can't modify VLAN information to create a new VIF from the AWS Management Console. Each hosted connection is assigned a VLAN on creation by the partner. Each VIF on a given connection requires a unique VLAN tag that can be provisioned only by the partner. To get additional private or public VIFs, request another hosted connection from your APN partner. To create transit virtual interfaces, you must have 1 Gbps or larger of available hosted connection bandwidth.

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