AWS Direct Connect - Peering VPCs to Tier 1's and MPLS

Michael O'Connor moc at
Tue Mar 1 20:41:35 UTC 2016


VPC is supported over IPsec if your public path is sufficient into the AWS

AWS shortens DirectConnect to DX not DC for some reason.

The AWS DirectConnect service is built on 10G infrastructure so using
potentially larger interconnects over public peerings with IPsec could be

DX requires fiber cross connects in addition to any other AWS peerings that
you may have at a particular location.

-Mike O'Connor

On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Jay R. Ashworth <jra at> wrote:

> Just got this dropped on my desk an hour ago, and I'm not finding as much
> material online as I might have hoped for...
> It looks like the easiest solution is to just hang a router/firewall at
> Equinix Ashburn and AWS-DC to that, and then peer it to carriers both IP
> and
> MPLS; is there a "native" way to do that from an AWS VPC instead?
> Any public or private replies cheerfully accepted; will summarize what I
> can to the list.
> Cheers,
> -- jra
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Michael O'Connor
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