Express Connect peering connections became unavailable for purchase from June 20, 2019. You can migrate the VPCs and Virtual Border Routers (VBRs) that were created for Express Connect peering connections to Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN).

Compared with Express Connect peering connections, CEN provides more flexible and convenient private network connections on the cloud. The following table compares the basic functions of Express Connect peering connections and CEN.

Item CEN Express Connect
Network connection

Network-wide interconnection

All networks (VPCs and Virtual Border Routers) associated with a CEN instance are interconnected with each other. A secure, reliable, and high-speed intranet communication channel can be established between any two networks.

Single point interconnection

Express Connect connections cannot be extended. Specifically, the VPCs or on-premises data centers that are connected through Express Connect can only communicate with the peer VPCs.

Route management

Dynamic learning

Based on the Fullmesh link, CEN dynamically learns and distributes routes, which improves the convergence of routes, and the quality and security of network communication.

Manual configuration

Express Connect requires end-to-end manual route configuration.

Bandwidth management

Cross-region shared bandwidth package

CEN provides bandwidth packages which are sold by region to facilitate cross-region bandwidth adjustments. Bandwidth packages also help optimize resource allocation and save costs.

Point-to-point purchase

The bandwidth of an Express Connect connection must be specified when you create the connection. You can adjust the bandwidth value after you create an Express Connect connection, but you cannot change the connected regions.