Acronyms and Terms

These are acronyms you might see in the portal, in the API, or during discussions with PacketFabric support.

CFR
Core fabric router
This is an acronym you might see when viewing port device information. These routers are large and can support many 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps connections.
CFS
Core fabric (label) switch
CID
Circuit ID or Connection ID
All PacketFabric services have an ID (see Connection IDs below), and they are commonly required when opening a support ticket.
CR
Cloud Router
CRID
See Routing ID below.
DCIM
Data center information manager
DCO
Data center operator
EFR
Edge fabric router
This is an acronym you might see when viewing port device information. These routers are usually smaller. If the POP already has a CFR setup, the EFR typically handles the 1 Gbps connections. At smaller sites, EFR can support a limited number of 100 Gbps connections.
ELAN
Ethernet private LAN (multi-point to multi-point)
ENNI
External network-to-network interface
See ENNI Ports.
EPL
Ethernet private line
This is a point-to-point service. However, in some circumstances, you can create an EPL virtual circuit. For more information, see Virtual Circuit Ethernet Features and Point-to-Point Overview.
ESR
Edge services router
ETL
Early termination liability
This is the fee you pay when you want to delete a service that is still under contract. The ETL is typically the equivalent of what you would you pay for the remainder of the contract.
EVPL
Ethernet virtual private line
Most virtual circuits are EVPLs, including virtual circuits to cloud on-ramps. For more information, see Virtual Circuit Ethernet Features and Virtual Circuit Overview.
IFD
Physical interface (Juniper terminology)
IFL
Logical interface (Juniper terminology)
IX
Internet Exchange (Point)
LAG
Link aggregation group
LOA
Letter of Authorization
An LOA is required when ordering a cross connect. Whether you provide the LOA or whether you use a PacketFabric LOA depends on how you’re ordering the cross connect. For more information, see Cross Connects Overview.
Long Haul
A virtual circuit that extends between two markets.
Market
A market is not a single city; it is a geographical metropolitan area (also referred to as a “metro”). For example, the New York City market includes POPs located in New Jersey.
See PacketFabric Network Hierarchy.
Metro
Often used interchangeably with “market.” When ordering a virtual circuit, a “metro” circuit means that its A and Z points fall within the same market.
MRC
Monthly recurring cost
This is used when billing services.
NFOR
Network function on-ramp
NNI
Network-to-network interface
This might refer to the connection between a PacketFabric port and a port on an outside network (such as Colt). But when you see the “NNI” label next to a port in the portal, it means that is an ENNI port.
NRC
Non-recurring cost
Not all services have an NRC. This is typically only applicable when provisioning a new port-related service.
OBCC
Outbound cross connect
This refers to customer inbound/PacketFabric outbound cross connects (these are the cross connects you can order via the portal). For more information, see Cross Connects Overview.
P2P
Point-to-point connection
Outside of PacketFabric, “P2P” typically means “peer-to-peer.” However, PacketFabric often uses this as an abbreviation for point-to-point connections.
PF
PacketFabric!!
POP
Point of presence
A POP (point of presence) is one or more sites in the same cross connect domain. This means that an operator can run a cross connect to every site within the POP.
See PacketFabric Network Hierarchy.
Region
A region doesn’t follow specific boundaries, but typically represents a general geopolitical area.
See PacketFabric Network Hierarchy.
Routing ID
Previously called a ‘CRID’ or connection routing ID.
Unique identifier for connections within the PacketFabric marketplace. You can use your Routing ID to allow another user to request a connection to your network, without having your account be visible in the marketplace. For more information, see Marketplace Settings.
Site
PacketFabric equipment is installed at the site level.
A site can be any physical location with its own shipping address. For example, a site might be a floor or suite within a building, or it might be the entire building.
See PacketFabric Network Hierarchy.
UNI
User-network interface
This is a port on the user’s equipment and not PacketFabric equipment.
VC
Virtual circuit
XC
Cross connect
See Cross Connects Overview.
Xconnect
Cross connect
See Cross Connects Overview.

Connection IDs

All PacketFabric services are assigned a unique identifier (e.g. PF-BC-LAX-NYC-123456), which is useful when troubleshooting services.

The letters used in the connection ID also identify what kind of service it is:

PF-AE: LAG interfaces and aggregated dedicated cloud ports

PF-AB: Flex bandwidth container

PF-AP: Ports and non-aggregated dedicated cloud ports

PF-BC: Backbone virtual circuit

PF-CC: Hosted cloud connections and virtual circuits associated with dedicated cloud connections

PF-DC: Marketplace virtual circuit

PF-IX: IX virtual circuit

PF-L3-CUST: Cloud Router

PF-L3-CON: Cloud Router connection

PF-MC: A marketplace virtual circuit that connects to a cloud port

PF-PD: Point-to-point connection

PF-PS: Pseudo-interface

PF-TC: Test virtual circuit (no longer used)

Colt-powered port IDs start with CT-. If a virtual circuit has CT in its circuit ID, then one side of it lands on a Colt-powered port. For more information, see Colt-Powered Ports.