Cloud Router Overview

Benefits

The PacketFabric Cloud Router enables private, highly efficient multi-cloud connectivity between cloud services providers. It accomplishes this by working as a distributed virtual routing service to provide connectivity over our software-defined networking platform.

With this comes multiple benefits:

  • Private, high-speed, and secure connectivity between cloud providers.

    The PacketFabric Cloud Router provides layer 2 and layer 3 connectivity over the PacketFabric SDN platform, allowing you to completely bypass the public internet.

  • Optimized, low latency service.

    In addition to bypassing the public internet, the Cloud Router transports your data across the best path through the PacketFabric network platform. By automatically distributing routing instances, we can ensure that traffic will never need to take a longer path through a fixed central location. The result is highly optimized cloud-to-cloud data transfers.

  • Cloud native with no hardware requirements.

    Our Cloud Routers do not require a physical interface or cross connect into the PacketFabric platform, meaning that you do not need on-premises equipment in a colocation facility.

  • Additional transparency and control.

    The ability to control traffic between different cloud providers as well as different regions on the same cloud provider, with full visibility into traffic statistics.

How it works

The PacketFabric Cloud Router creates a single routing domain for any two or more independent connections to cloud providers. It does not require a physical connection or infrastructure to work; there is no need for you to own or maintain any equipment, to wait for physical infrastructure deployment, or to hairpin data transfer through your own infrastructure.

You can use the PacketFabric Cloud Router to connect multiple regions of a single cloud service provider, connect multiple cloud service providers in the same region, or connect multiple cloud service providers in different regions.

Cloud Router general diagram

What does “distributed” mean?

A single PacketFabric Cloud Router actually consists of multiple virtual routing instances on the PacketFabric network. Each routing instance is created as necessary for optimal routing and scaling.

When you add a cloud provider to the routing domain, we create a routing instance immediately adjacent to that provider. From there, we provision a layer 2 virtual connection between the Cloud Router instance and the cloud provider’s egress port, over which a BGP session is established.

Each Cloud Router instance is then connected via layer 3 mesh over the PacketFabric network platform to every other Cloud Router instance in its routing domain.

Cloud Router distributed diagram

The service demarcation points are at the cloud provider egress ports. The physical cross connect between the PacketFabric on-ramp port and the cloud service provider is shared among multiple PacketFabric customers. However, each customer’s service is secured within its own private layer 2 connection.

Cloud Router service demarcation

Cloud Provider Charges

Each cloud provider uses their own pricing model for direct connectivity services provided as part of the Cloud Router.

Data egress charges and other charges may apply. Please refer directly to the cloud provider service documentation for detailed information.