Express Connect

A dedicated network connection between different cloud environments

You can use Express Connect to achieve high-speed, stable, secure, and dedicated communications between different networks. This service is used in multiple scenarios such as VPC communication across regions or user accounts, or data transmission between your on-premise data center and the cloud over a leased line. Express Connect helps you improve the flexibility of your network topology and the quality of cross-network communications

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Benefits

Security
All data is transmitted through Alibaba Cloud's infrastructure, with no risk of being exposed to the Internet.
High-speed interconnection
Supports long-distance and end-to-end connection through dedicated networks with low latency and high bandwidth.
Stability and reliability
Uses backup connections and Alibaba Cloud's high-quality infrastructure to guarantee the stability and reliability of communications.
Flexible topology
Enables you to deploy your services in multiple on-premise data centers and builds a converged network to connect these data centers to VPCs.

Features

  • VPC interconnection

    VPCs can be completely isolated from each other or interconnected through high-speed connections. This improves the flexibility of the network topology.


    VPC interconnection across accounts

    Supports dedicated and high-speed VPC interconnection across Alibaba Cloud accounts.


    VPC interconnection across regions

    Supports dedicated VPC interconnection across regions to guarantee the quality of communications.


    Low latency

    Interconnects networks through network function virtualization (NFV) to achieve dedicated communication with low latency.


    Super high bandwidth

    Supports a 10 Gbps or higher bandwidth for VPC interconnection. You can use a large amount of applications to transmit data at the same time.

  • Dedicated connections between on-premise data centers and VPCs

    Allows on-premise data centers to communicate with VPCs through dedicated and high-speed connections. This allows you to build a converged network based on different architectures.


    Cross-region interconnection

    Provides multiple endpoints in the domestic regions, and leased lines in the international regions, such as Singapore and United States.


    Connection to all VPCs

    On-premise data centers can connect to VPCs in all regions through the same endpoint.

  • Multiple connection methods

    You can connect on-premise data centers to the cloud through ISPs or Alibaba Cloud partners for faster, easier, and more cost-effective connection service.

  • Pay-As-You-Go and efficient management

    Express Connect is a ready-to-use service that supports multiple billing methods to meet different user demands. This service also supports various management platforms to implement a all-in-one service.


    Elastic scaling

    Express Connect is a ready-to-use service that supports dynamic configuration. You can dynamically adjust your network in the cloud.


    Multiple billing methods

    Supports the subscription and Pay-As-You-Go billing methods to meet different user demands.


    Various management platforms

    You can call Express Connect over its API or manage this service in the visualized console.

Customer Scenarios

  • VPC interconnection across Alibaba Cloud accounts
  • Online and offline interconnection
  • Cross-region VPC interconnection
  • Complex business system interconnection
VPC interconnection across Alibaba Cloud accounts

VPC interconnection across Alibaba Cloud accounts

Dedicated and high-speed VPC interconnection

In this scenario, a large business platform is deployed in Alibaba Cloud VPCs. Business systems are managed by different Alibaba Cloud accounts. Dedicated and high-speed interconnection is required to provide real-time exchange of business data between these systems.

Benefits

  • Customized configuration

    VPCs are software-defined networks, which can be customized on demands.

  • High-speed interconnection

    High-speed interconnection is used through dedicated networks to guarantee the quality of communication.

  • Flexibility

    VPCs can communicate with each other across Alibaba Cloud accounts.

Integrations and configurations

Online and offline interconnection

Online and offline interconnection

Interconnection between VPCs and on-premise data centers

Before Express Connect can be used, business systems are created in on-premise data centers. When Express Connect is used, you can create your business systems in VPCs across regions to reduce the costs. Express Connect enables you to smoothly transfer data from your data centers to VPCs through dedicated connections.

Benefits

  • Cross-region deployment

    Allows you to build isolated business systems in VPCs across regions.

  • High-speed interconnection

    High-speed interconnection is used through dedicated networks to guarantee the quality of communication.

  • Smooth migration

    Supports interconnection between on-premise data centers and VPCs to achieve smooth business migration.

Integrations and configurations

Cross-region VPC interconnection

Cross-region VPC interconnection

Business system interconnection across regions

In this scenarios, your business systems are deployed in VPCs. To accelerate your service delivery, you must provide nodes across regions. In addition, these nodes must can communicate with each other through high-speed connections.

Benefits

  • Isolation

    Deploys your business in VPCs to ensure the security and reliability of your data.

  • High reliability

    Supports VPC interconnection to guarantee the quality of communication across regions.

  • High performance

    Supports Express Connect-based VPC interconnection with a bandwidth of 10 GB. This allows you to use a large amount of applications.

Integrations and configurations

Complex business system interconnection

Complex business system interconnection

Cross-region and multi-architecture deployment

In this scenario, your business systems are deployed in VPCs across regions. All core data is stored in on-premise data centers. The on-premise data centers communicate with each other through optical fibers. The cloud and on-premise data centers use leased lines to achieve high-speed data transmission.

Benefits

  • Service delivery acceleration

    Deploys your business systems in multiple regions, which enables users to access the nearest node.

  • Data security

    Core data is only stored in on-premise data centers, for security.

Integrations and configurations

Partners

You also can physically connect to Alibaba Cloud through Alibaba Cloud Network Partners. For more information and other requests, please submit a ticket or contact sales.

Overseas Network Partners Connection Locations:

Partner Hong Kong A Hong Kong B Tokyo A Singapore A Singapore B Sydney A Sydney B Frankfurt A Frankfurt B San Jose A Ashburn A
China Telecom Yes
CUI Yes
Epsilon Yes Yes
euNetworks Yes
GTT Yes
HGC Yes
InterCloud Yes
Megaport Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PCCW Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reliance Yes
SingTel Yes Yes
Syscloud Yes
Tata Yes Yes
Vodafone Yes
Zenlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes