The routing instance (RI) defines how peering will work with the owner of the RI and all services selected to create or subscribe to. It includes a VRF and a series of routing statements that help control the flow of traffic between all the connections attached to it, and all the subscriptions attached to it.
A private routing instance will typically be used by a subscriber when they don’t have public IPs. When you subscribe to a Layer 3 service profile requiring public IPs, the subscriber will want to enable forward Network Address Translation (NAT) on the subscription.
Equinix Cloud Exchange sellers are required to define and set up their routing instances for connectivity to their service profiles. Sellers can create a profile for each discrete service that they offer. Creating a profile will help ease buyers’ provisioning of services through Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Creating routing instance
From the Components tab, click Routing Instances > Create Routing Instance
Note: If you answer “Yes” to the question below, you will be prompted to add a secondary routing instance name.
Note: If you do not change the default name, the field will automatically save as the default name.
Deleting routing instance
From the Components tab, click Routing Instances. There are two methods to delete a routing instance.
- Select the box to the right of the routing instance(s) that you want to
- Click “Delete ”
- Click the arrow next to the routing instance that you want to the screen will expand (below).
Note: This button is grayed out (above) if you have active connections or subscriptions that are unable to be deleted.
Continue (Method 1 & 2):
You will get a pop-up to confirm that you want to delete the routing instance.
Click "Yes, Delete It"
The deleted routing instance will be removed from your routing instance list.