You can apply for a dedicated physical connection or a shared connection established by a partner to connect an on-premises data center to Alibaba Cloud.
Express Connect provides you with the following connection types:
- Dedicated connections
A physical Ethernet connection that connects on-premises data center to Alibaba Cloud access points. You can apply for the dedicated connection from the console. The connection is dedicated to a single customer. For more information, see Create a dedicated connection.
- Shared connections
A physical Ethernet connection that is created by Alibaba Cloud Partners on behalf of customers. Alibaba Cloud Partners have created connections with Alibaba Cloud access points. You can request a hosted connection by contacting a partner. The connection is shared by carriers and customers. For more information, see Create a shared connection.
Comparison of the physical connection solutions
|Item||Dedicated connection||Shared connection|
|Recommended bandwidth||1 Gbit/s to 100 Gbit/s||100 Mbit/s or less|
|User experience||Multiple parties and complex operations are involved.
||Two parties and simple operations are involved.
|Function||Connects on-premises data centers and VPCs through leased lines.||Connects on-premises data centers and VPCs.|
|Billing||An initial installation fee (one-time charge) and a resource occupation fee (on a
monthly basis) are charged by Alibaba Cloud.
The service provider charges cable installation fees and bandwidth rental fees. For more information, see Billing of physical connections.
|Consult your service provider.|
|Cable installation restrictions at Alibaba Cloud side||
|Cable installation restrictions at the service provider side||The provider of Alibaba Cloud data centers may require a permit before your cable installation company can go to Alibaba Cloud data centers for cable installation. To obtain such permits, you must contact the data center provider yourself.||None.|
|Service Level Agreement (SLA) provided by Alibaba Cloud for fiber pigtail installation||
|Process||For more information, see Create a dedicated connection.||Consult your service provider.|