Equinix has APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) with Amazon AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. When the customer creates a connection on the Equinix Cloud Exchange Portal, the complete process is automated until the provisioning of the connection. However, this is not the case with other Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
When selecting a CSP other than AWS and Azure, a standard template appears that is similar to the one we saw earlier for AWS and Azure. There will be slight differences in every template based on the terminology, customization and options these CSPs use.
To connect to SoftLayer Direct Link, select SoftLayer in the Service. Under the Location, local and all remote locations will appear where default is the local location, if SoftLayer exists locally in that metro. Under the Destination Metro, select local or remote location.
The rest of the form is similar. “Transactional details” is optional. Customer needs to enter its “Buyer-side VLAN and Port,” an “Authentication Key” that is acquired from the CSP (in this case from SoftLayer), “Connection speed” and “Email addresses.”
When the connection is created, the state of the connection will go in to “Pending Add” and the Status becomes “Not Available.”
There is a manual process for its provisioning. An email will be sent to the CSP requesting for a connection. Customer is required to follow up with the CSP. CSP will then approve or reject the connection. Once the CSP approves the connection, it will get provisioned on the Equinix that can be view in the Connections tab on CXP.
In case of rejection from CSP, you will see the following on CXP: