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AWS Direct Connect vs Aviatrix: What are the differences?

What is AWS Direct Connect? Establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.

What is Aviatrix? Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud Networking Solutions. It provides innovative Cloud Networking Software to simplify the connectivity to the cloud.

AWS Direct Connect and Aviatrix can be primarily classified as "Cloud Dedicated Network Connection" tools.

Some of the features offered by AWS Direct Connect are:

  • Reduces Your Bandwidth Costs – If you have bandwidth-heavy workloads that you wish to run in AWS, AWS Direct Connect reduces your network costs into and out of AWS in two ways. First, by transferring data to and from AWS directly, you can reduce your bandwidth commitment to your Internet service provider. Second, all data transferred over your dedicated connection is charged at the reduced AWS Direct Connect data transfer rate rather than Internet data transfer rates.
  • Consistent Network Performance – Network latency over the Internet can vary given that the Internet is constantly changing how data gets from point A to B. With AWS Direct Connect, you choose the data that utilizes the dedicated connection and how that data is routed which can provide a more consistent network experience over Internet-based connections.
  • Compatible with all AWS Services – AWS Direct Connect is a network service, and works with all AWS services that are accessible over the Internet, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

On the other hand, Aviatrix provides the following key features:

  • Provisioning automation
  • No changes to the edge router
  • No additional hardware
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What is Aviatrix?

A cloud network and security architecture that enables intelligent orchestration and control as a service, without having to build yourself.

What is AWS Direct Connect?

AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.
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            Instagram uses AWS Direct ConnectAWS Direct Connect

            Direct Connect is a product offered by AWS that allows a customer to establish peering links between Amazon’s data centers and a third party. Using it, we figured that we could link to Facebook’s infrastructure over multiple redundant 10Gbps links. It was during this research when we found the main blocker:

            We have no control over IP addressing in EC2.

            While this hadn’t been an issue before, it was impassable if we were to establish links with Facebook, as their internal IP space intersected with that of EC2. After much deliberation, we began to understand that we had one option: migrate to VPC first.

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            We’ve also been able to leverage Amazon EC2 using AWS Direct Connect, which allows our engineering teams to bring up hardware whenever they need. It’s been awesome removing the hardware barrier for getting to production.

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