Google Partner Interconnect Process Overview

For a general overview of using interconnects with PacketFabric, see Google Cloud Interconnect Overview.

1. Complete the prerequisites.

Create a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account and set up a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

The VPC is the heart of your Google Cloud environment and is the target of your interconnect connection.

Configure a Cloud Router for your VPC.

This can be done when you set up your VPC or you can wait and create one when you attach the VLAN.

Create a PacketFabric account.

Before you can log in, your account is manually reviewed and then approved by the PacketFabric team. You should receive approval within 24 hours.

Provision a port and install a cross connect.

Provisioning a port and generating the LOA only takes a few minutes.

As soon as the port is provisioned, download the LOA and send it to the site provider to install a cross connect between your equipment and PacketFabric. Once this is completed, you will have access to the full PacketFabric network fabric.

At this point, your network will look roughly like this (assuming a 10 Gbps connection):

Google Partner Interconnect to PacketFabric Prereqs

2. Create a VLAN attachment.

The VLAN attachment connects the interconnect to your VPC.

Each VLAN attachment generates a unique pairing key. You need this key to create the connection from your PacketFabric source port to Google.

Google Partner Interconnect to PacketFabric VLAN Attachment

3. Create a PacketFabric Hosted Cloud Connection.

Using the pairing key generated with your VLAN attachment, create a hosted cloud connection from the PacketFabric portal.

PacketFabric Hosted Cloud to Google Partner Interconnect

NOTE: The capacity you set for your PacketFabric Hosted Cloud Connection determines the corresponding VLAN attachment capacity.

4. Activate the VLAN attachment

Return to the Google Cloud Console and activate the VLAN attachment.

Google Partner Interconnect activated VLAN attachment

5. Configure your on-premises router.

You must establish a BGP session with the Google Cloud Router.

Google Partner Interconnect BGP

NOTE: Ensure that multi-hop BGP is enabled on your on-premises router with 2+ hops. For more information, see Partner Interconnect Troubleshooting - Google.

6. Repeat steps 2 - 5 for redundant VLAN attachments (optional).

Google recommends that each VLAN attachment used in a production environment has a redundant counterpart.

A redundant VLAN attachment requires its own pairing key, Cloud Router, PacketFabric Hosted Cloud Connection, and BGP session. Redundant VLANs also must be in a different region than the primary VLAN.

Google Partner Interconnect BGP

Redundant attachments can be identified by the trailing /2 in their pairing key.