Cloud Connectivity Overview

A PacketFabric cloud on-ramp directly connects a data center to one or more cloud service provider (CSP) networks. The benefits of using a cloud on-ramp include enhanced security and reliability, reduced latency, and cost savings.

You must first establish a physical interface with PacketFabric. This is a simple process that can be completed within minutes. This single interface can then be connected to multiple PacketFabric partner CSPs. For more information, see Create a Port.

Hosted

  • Connect to a shared cloud provider port owned by PacketFabric. This means that multiple clients share physical interconnects between PacketFabric and the CSP.
  • Best for variable bandwidth usage patterns, and rapid or unpredictable bandwidth growth. You are responsible for any port fees, and PacketFabric is responsible for the cross connect fee.
  • Support for the following CSPs:
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Google Cloud Interconnect (Partner Interconnect)
    • Microsoft Azure
    • IBM Cloud
    • SalesForce
    • Markley
    • Webair

Dedicated

  • Connect to a cloud provider port that you own. This means that no other clients can share that physical interconnect between PacketFabric and the CSP.
  • Best for high bandwidth use cases, and for maximum control and security.
  • You are responsible for any port fees charged by the cloud provider, as well as the cross connect fee in the provider facility.
  • Support for the following CSPs:
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Google Cloud Interconnect (Dedicated Interconnect)
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Oracle

Hosted vs. Dedicated Feature Comparison

Feature Hosted Dedicated
Customer directly pays the hourly port fee to the CSP YES YES
Multiple clients share the physical interconnect between PacketFabric and the CSP YES NO
Additional cross-connect service and cost required NO YES
Can create and use more than one connection per service NO YES
Can access a deployed service from multiple customer-facing locations/ports NO YES