To create a connection to AWS Direct Connection, click "Create Connection" and enter the required information
Source Metro: Select metro where you have acquired ports from Equinix
Service: Select “AWS Direct Connect”
Destination Metro: Select “Local” or “Remote” location. Please note that remote connections will have additional latency and charges
The form will further expand and require you to enter data.
Transactional Details: Purchase Order is the optional field that you can put for your reference.
Buyer-side VLAN and Port: Enter the Virtual Circuit Name. This could be any name for your convenience and to identify this particular connection. For example: ABC-AWS-Test-01.
Buyer-side Port: You should see all your ports that you saw in the CONNECTIONS tab. Select the port on which you want to create the connection to AWS Direct Connect.
Buyer-side VLAN ID: Enter the VLAN that you configured on the port on your router which is connected to Equinix. The VLAN ID should be between 1–4094.
Enter the CSP Account ID to allow Equinix to create the Hosted Connection on your behalf. This Account ID is a 12-digit number and will be obtained from AWS prior to creating a connection. You will also be required to select the Hosted Connection speed.
Seller-side Information: Enter the AWS Account ID to allow Equinix to create the Hosted Connection on your behalf. This Account ID is a 12-digit number and will be obtained from AWS prior to creating a connection. Although the site indicates you should enter the Account ID for that particular metro, the same AWS Account ID can be used globally in all regions.
Connection Speed: AWS allows buyers to connect using the following bandwidths only using the Equinix Cloud Exchange: 50MB, 100MB, 200MB, 300MB, 400MB and 500MB. Select your desired connection speed.
Email: Enter email address(es) you would like to use as alternative(s) to your account (default) email address. All notifications regarding this connection will be sent to these email addresses.
When finished, click "Create Connections" at the bottom of the page.
If all the required fields (marked in red asterisks) are submitted, you will see a success message. Your Hosted Connection request has been ordered.
If it is a local connection, you will see the following message:
When the remote connection request is successfully submitted, you will get the following confirmation screen with an additional message in brown indicating that it is a remote connection.
To view the connection, click on the Connections tab on the top.
Select the source metro where the ports are located. In the example, it is Ashburn.
Click the gray arrow to expand the Ashburn metro in the "Destination Metro" list. Different states of connections to AWS Direct Connect on the Equinix Cloud Exchange Portal:
- Being Provisioned
The initial state of connection to AWS Direct Connect is “Being Provisioned.”
Connection to AWS is through API. In few minutes, refresh the browser and you will see a message to accept the hosted connection on the top of the page. At this time, the State of the connection changes to “Ordering.”
Hosted connection approval
Approval of the hosted connection can be done on either the Equinix Cloud Portal or AWS console.
Approval on the ECX Portal
From the "Connections" tab, expand the connection by clicking on the gray arrow before the connection name.
Click "Accept Hosted Connection"
Type your access ID and secret key > click "Accept Hosted Connection"
Note: Access ID and Secret Key are created in AWS Console. The values shown above are examples only and are not valid. Please note that your secret key needs to be exactly 40 alphanumeric characters. For detailed information regarding AWS access keys, go to http://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/managing-aws-access-keys.html
Once your click “Accept Hosted Connection,” a success message appears on the top of the screen and the State of the connection will change from “Ordering” to “Pending” State.
Refresh the browser in a few minutes. The state of the connection will change from “Pending” to “Ordering” when the connection is successfully provisioned on Equinix Cloud Exchange Portal and pending acceptance on the AWS end.
Accept Hosted Connection on AWS Portal
Search for your “Connection Name” for specified Metro in Direct Connect.
Notice that the state of the connection on AWS portal is “pending acceptance.”
Click on “I understand that Direct Connect Port charges apply once I click Accept Connection” then click on “Accept Connection.”
When you click on “Accept Connection,” the state of the connection will change to “pending” and in 15 minutes it will change to “Available” on both the AWS and Equinix portals.
Note: It takes a few minutes—fewer than 15—for the request to be submitted through the automated provisioning process and to appear in the Connections tab for your review and further actions.