Amazon Web Services Direct Connect

AARNet provides customers with several options for direct network connections to AWS

Connect to AWS via virtual private networks

AARNet customers can connect directly to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for consistent performance and cost control.

AWS Direct Connect enables universities, research institutes and other AARNet customers to establish direct private network connections to virtual private clouds (VPCs) within AWS. 

Why AWS Direct Connect via AARNet?

  • Provides a more consistent network experience.
  • Can reduce network costs.
  • Traffic is on-net and unmetered for AARNet customers.
  • Choice of internet or private connection.

Connection options

AARNet customers can connect to AWS virtual private clouds via:

  • IPSec virtual private network (VPN) over the internet, taking advantage of AARNet's peering relationship with AWS.
  • Private Connections to AWS - recommended for heavier throughput (over 100Mbps). Options include:
    • AARNet Layer-2 VPN
    • AARNet Layer-3 VPN
    • Direct Ethernet point-to-point transmission

    The choice and design of Direct Connect options depends on how you plan to manage and integrate your AWS VPCs with other cloud infrastructure. AARNet consultants can assist with these choices and implementation if required.

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Download the AARNet Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Flyer:

AARNet - Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service PDF (109 KB)