Create a Google Dedicated Interconnect Connection

Contents

Order a Dedicated Interconnect in the Google Cloud Console
Create a PacketFabric Dedicated Cloud Connection
Order the cross connect
Confirm the cross connect
Add an untagged virtual circuit for testing
Configure your on-premises router for testing
Add a tagged virtual circuit
Add a VLAN attachment

Prerequisites

  • An existing VPC created through your Google Cloud account. For more information, see Google Cloud - Using VPC networks.
  • An existing PacketFabric interface that connects your on-premises network to PacketFabric. For more information, see Create a Port.

See Google Dedicated Interconnect Process Overview for a high-level process overview.

Order a Dedicated Interconnect in the Google Cloud Console

  1. From the Google Cloud Console, click the menu in the upper right to open the product list.

    Google Cloud hamburger menu

  2. Scroll down to Networking and select Hybrid Connectivity > Interconnect.

    Google Cloud hybrid connectivity option

  3. Click Get Started.

    Or, if you already have previous VLAN attachments, click the Physical connections tab and then click Set up a connection.

    Physical connections tab for interconnect

  4. Select Dedicated Interconnect and then click Continue.

    Select Interconnect type

  5. Select Order new Dedicated Interconnect and then click Continue.

  6. Complete the following fields:

  7. Click Next.

  8. If you are creating a redundant interconnect, complete the fields provided and click Next.

    Otherwise, you can deselect Create redundant interconnect. You will be asked to select an availability zone. For example, if you have a connection through another carrier in Zone 1, you would want to select Zone 2. Click Next.

  9. Complete the following fields:

    Field Description
    Company name Enter “PacketFabric.”
    Technical contact You can leave this field blank or enter the email address for your PacketFabric contact.
  10. Review your information and click Place Order.

Google sends you an email confirming your order. Once Google has allocated the ports, you will receive an email with the LOA attached. For more information, see Google - Retrieving LOA-CFAs.

  • Header row

    • Field
    • Description
  • r1

    • Name
    • Provide a meaningful name for the connection.
  • r1

    • Description
    • Provide a brief description.
  • r1

    • Location

    • Click Choose to select the location for your interconnect.

      The location you select must be one in which PacketFabric has an on-ramp.

  • r1

    • Capacity
    • Select 10 Gbps or 100 Gbps.

Create a PacketFabric Dedicated Cloud Connection

Once Google has sent you the LOA/CFA, you can create a dedicated connection in the PacketFabric portal.

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal. From the Home page, click Cloud Connectivity:

    Cloud Connectivity icon

  2. Select Dedicated Cloud Connectivity.

  3. Select Google Cloud Platform.

Complete the following fields:

Select Transport Product Type

Select one of the following:

  • Metro: Your source interface is in the same metro market as your PacketFabric-GCP connection. This means that you can only access this dedicated cloud on-ramp from other PacketFabric interfaces within the same metro/city.

  • Long-haul: Your source interface is not in the same metro market as your PacketFabric-GCP connection. This means you can access this dedicated cloud on-ramp from any PacketFabric interface (within the same country).

Destination Interface

Select the destination interface. This is the port that has the cross connect to your Google Cloud port.

IMPORTANT: You must select the same POP you selected as the Location when you created your Google Dedicated Interconnect (step #6 above).
Destination Details
Select Speed
The speed/capacity you are using for your connection. This should be the same as the capacity you selected when creating your Google Dedicated Interconnect (10 Gbps or 100 Gbps).
Select Availability Zone
Select a zone (should be the same zone as you selected when creating your Dedicated Interconnect in the Google Console).
Allocating connections within different zones supports redundancy.
Product Confirmation
Product Description
Provide a meaningful name for the connection.
Billing and Term Selection
Select the appropriate billing account to associate with this service.
From the Select Term menu, select a contract length.

Review your information. When everything is correct, click Place Order.

Order the cross connect

  1. From the Dedicated Cloud Connectivity page, click the overflow menu next to the connection and select Cross Connect:

    Physical connections tab for interconnect

  2. The Create a Cross Connect page provides the NRC (non-recurring costs), MRC (monthly recurring costs), and any additional costs (such as a disconnection fee). These fees vary by site.

  3. In the Description field, enter a brief name for the cross connect.

  4. Click the upload icon to upload the LOA that Google sent you earlier.

  5. Click Order.

You are redirected to the connection details page. From here you can track the progress of the cross connect installation. For more information, see Cross Connects.

Confirm the cross connect

When Google sends you the LOA, they begin automatically checking light levels on the interconnect.

As soon as they confirm the cross connect is in place via light signals, you are sent an email from Google Peering Operations. This confirms that the cross connect is in place and also provides you with an IP address with which to test the connection from Google Cloud to your on-premises router.

To complete the tests, you need to create a PacketFabric virtual circuit to your Dedicated Interconnect (see the following steps).

Add an untagged virtual circuit for testing

The virtual circuit connects your source port to your Google Dedicated Interconnect port. You can have more than one virtual circuit for each Google Dedicated Interconnect, and those virtual circuits can extend to multiple source ports. For several examples, see Google Cloud Interconnects as Part of a Custom Network.

This initial virtual circuit is required by Google to test the connection between its cloud network and your on-premises network. Once testing has been completed, you can begin using your interconnect and Google begins charging you accordingly.

  1. From the PacketFabric portal, select Network > Cloud Connectivity > Dedicated Cloud Connectivity.

  2. Click Create in the upper right and then select Add Virtual Circuit.

    Cloud Create button

Complete the following fields:

Select Source Interface

Select your source port.

Cloud Provider Interface

Select the cloud connection you created in the previous section.

Select Virtual Circuit Speed

Select a speed for your virtual circuit. This can be the full capacity or partial.

Product Confirmation
Product Description
Provide a meaningful name for the virtual circuit.
Billing and Term Selection
Select the appropriate billing account to associate with this circuit.
From the Select Term menu, select a contract length.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning to delete and rebuild this circuit after testing, select the month-to-month contract. If you select a longer contract, you cannot delete the circuit until the contract expires.
Configuration
The Source VLAN ID is the VLAN ID that faces your source interface (your source network).

You can manually enter the ID or click Next Available. If you click Next Available, we find the highest in-use VLAN ID and increment by one. For example, if the highest in-use ID is 15, this field autopopulates with 16.

The Destination VLAN ID is the VLAN ID that faces Google. Toggle Make Destination Untagged.

Untagged VLAN

When provisioning is complete, the Destination VLAN is set to 0:

VLAN ID 0

Configure your on-premises router for testing

Use the VLAN ID for the virtual circuit you just created and the IP address Google sent you earlier (listed under “Your Address” in the email) to configure your on-premises router.

For more information, see Google - Testing connections.

Add a tagged virtual circuit

You can either delete the one you created earlier and create a new one, or edit the existing one to add a destination VLAN ID.

  1. From the Dedicated Cloud Connectivity page in the portal, click Toggle Details to view virtual circuits for the connection.

    Click to view virtual circuits

  2. Click the overflow menu next to the test virtual circuit and select View Virtual Circuit:

    Click to go to virtual circuit details

  3. Click Edit in the upper right:

    Click to go to virtual circuit details

  4. Toggle Make Untagged and then enter the appropriate VLAN ID.

    Untagged toggle

  5. Select the checkbox to acknowledge that this is a disruptive action.

  6. Click Update.

Add a VLAN attachment

The VLAN attachment connects your interconnect to your VPC. Every virtual circuit you have must have a corresponding VLAN attachment.

  1. From the Google Cloud Console, click the Physical connections tab.

    Google Cloud Physical connections tab

  2. You should see your Dedicated Interconnect with the Ready to configure status.

  3. Click Finish setup.

    Finish button

  4. Click Add VLAN attachment.

  5. Complete the following fields:

    Field Description
    Name Provide a meaningful name for the VLAN attachment.
    Description Enter a brief description.
    Cloud Router If you have already configured a cloud router for the selected region, you can select it.
    Otherwise, create a new cloud router.
  6. Click VLAN ID, BGP IPs to see advanced configuration options.

    IMPORTANT: If you are specifying a VLAN ID and capacity, you must use the same ID and capacity set on your PacketFabric virtual circuit. However, because this is not something PacketFabric can enforce, if done incorrectly you will not see any warning messages.
  7. Click Done.

  8. Click Create.

  9. Click Configure next to the attachment you just created.

    Google Cloud configure BGP

  10. Provide a name for the BGP session and enter your ASN. Optionally, you can also specify route priority. For more information, see Google - Route metrics.

  11. Click Save and continue.

NOTE: You will need to create a VLAN attachment for every PacketFabric virtual circuit and vice versa.