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AWS enables fast, private and direct site-to-site connectivity

Customers can now connect their internal data centers and branch offices directly to Amazon Web Services through AWS Direct Connect SiteLink, a new feature within AWS Direct Connect.

Announced today at Amazon Web Services Inc.’s re: Invent event, AWS Direct Connect SiteLink enables AWS customers to create connections between their on-premises networks through the company’s global backbone.

AWS Direct Connect is a service that enables businesses to create a dedicated network connection to the AWS Cloud that never touches the public internet, ensuring that those connections are not only faster, but much more secure. It is a useful service for any business that values ​​fast, reliable connectivity and data privacy.

Now that’s a big boost. Previously, the only way for companies to set up direct connectivity between their regional data centers and branch offices was to connect to the nearest AWS Region first, and then manage and configure an AWS Transit Gateway to allow connections. from site to site.

So, AWS Direct Connect SiteLink seems like a welcome alternative, at least for AWS customers. From now on, customers will be able to set up private connections between their various regional sites through Direct Connect locations, without sending traffic through an AWS Region first. At launch, AWS offers 108 Direct Connect locations in 32 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. With the service, traffic flows directly from one Direct Connect location to another, following the shortest possible path.

“You can take advantage of the reliability and global footprint of Direct Connect to create a network that grows with your business, without long-term contracts, with flexible pay-as-you-go pricing and a wide range of port speeds, 50 Mbps to 100 Gbps, ”AWS evangelist Sébastien Stormacq said in a blog post. “SiteLink also integrates with other AWS services, allowing you to reach your VPCs, other AWS services, and on-premises networks from your Direct Connect connections. “

Direct Connect SiteLink is now available in all commercial AWS Regions except China.

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