Alibaba Cloud Express Connect is a convenient and efficient network service. The product provides a fast, stable, secure and private or dedicated network communication between different cloud environments, including VPC intranet intercommunication and dedicated leased line connection across regions and users.
With Express Connect you can increase the flexibility of your network topology and enhance the quality and security of inter-network communication.
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Optimum Communication Quality
Excellent infrastructure provides uncompromising network quality regardless of geographical location
Isolates the cloud network for your exclusive/confidential use only through virtual network technology, increases security
Carries out data transfer between data centers through secured network protocols
Consistent Network Performance
Allows you to choose data that utilizes the dedicated network connection and how it is routed, leading to a more consistent network experience as compared to Internet-based connections
Alibaba Cloud Service Compatibility
Express Connect works with all Alibaba Cloud services such as Virtual Private Cloud, Elastic Compute Service and Object Storage Service
As a convenient and efficient network service, Express Connect is used for fast, stable, and secure private network communication between different cloud network environments.
Dedicated Leased Line Connection
Each of the regions i.e. Singapore, and U.S. Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen provides more than one access points.
Each access point connected to Alibaba Cloud will provide access to the entire VPC network.
Enjoy 10Gbps or higher VPC intercommunication bandwidth that will cater to massive data transfers
Supports VPC interconnect in different regions with non-overlapping CIDR
Supports interconnect of VPCs belonging to different accounts with non-overlapping CIDR
Choose a leased line from a carrier for independent access to Alibaba Cloud
Choose an Alibaba Cloud access partner for high-quality, low-cost access services throughout the world
Purchase on Demand
Activate the service in real time and pay by month
Provides free bandwidth with the provisioned virtual devices at an affordable prices
Minimal communication fee for connections within the same region
The following are a few common Express Connect scenarios:
Multimedia applications requires low network latency for optimal performance. However, latency can vary as the Internet does not provide a consistent performance when transferring data from one point to another. Alibaba Cloud Express Connect allows you to control how your data is routed over a dedicated line, providing a more consistent network experience as compared to Internet-based connections.
Using Alibaba Cloud Express Connect, you can build hybrid environments that require private connectivity with a combination of on-premise infrastructure, cloud technology and third-party cloud service providers that follow industry standard compliance requirements. Hybrid environments allow you to combine the elasticity and economic benefits of Alibaba Cloud Express Connect with the ability to utilize infrastructure that you have already provisioned .
Cross-regional, Cross-account Environments
Use Alibaba Cloud Express Connect to establish a connection between two VPCs in different regions. VPCs in different regions act as an extension of your datacenter. Connect the two VPCs through a secure and stable connection to provide seamless and faster data transfers that will help with automatic synchronization of users’ data between applications.
The specifications and description of the Router Interface:
|Specification||Maximum Forwarding Data Per Second (MB)||Maximum Forwarding Data Per Hour (MB)||Maximum Forwarding Data Per Day (MB)|
Express Connect pricing is based on subscription.
Price details for inter-city connection within Mainland China (Based on Router Interface):
|Specification||Hangzhou - Shanghai||Beijing - Hangzhou||Beijing - Shanghai||Shenzhen - Hangzhou||Shenzhen - Shanghai||Beijing - Shenzhen|
Price details for inter-region connection between Mainland China with Singapore and US (based on Router Interface):
|Specification||Mainland China - U.S. East||Mainland China - U.S. West||Mainland China - Singapore|
For more pricing information about physical leased line access, please refer to Fee Structure.
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|
You can physically connect Alibaba Cloud locations through your Internet service provider. For more information and requests, please submit a ticket or contact sales.
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong AHong Kong B||Equinix HK2 Hong KongCT MEG-I Hong Kong|
|Japan||Tokyo ATokyo B||Equinix TY10 TokyoEquinix TY4 Tokyo|
|Singapore||Singapore ASingapore B||Equinix SG3 SingaporeGlobal Switch Singapore|
|Australia||Sydney ASydney B||Global Switch SydneyEquinix SY1 Sydney|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur A||NTT CJ3 Kuala Lumpur|
|Indonesia||Jakarta A||DCI Jakarta|
|India||Mumbai A||CtrlS Mumbai|
|US West||San Jose ASanta Clara A||Equinix SV5 San Jose,CACoreSite Santa Clara,CA|
|US East||Ashburn AVirgina C||Equinix DC11 Ashburn,VA CyrusOne Sterling,VA|
|Germany||Frankfurt AFrankfurt B||Vodanfone Frankfurt Equinix FR4 Frankfurt|
|Middle East||Dubai ADubai B||Equinix IMPZ Dubai Khanza Dubai|
|China North 1 (Qingdao)||Laoshan A||Laoshan A|
|China North 2 (Beijing)||Changping ADaxing ADaxing BFengtai AShunyi AYizhuang A||Changping ADaxing ADaxing BFengtai AShunyi AYizhuang A|
|China North 3 (Zhangjiakou)||Zhangbei Xiaoertai A||Zhangbei Xiaoertai A|
|China North 5 (Huhehaote)||Huhehaote A||Huhehaote A|
|China East 1 (Hangzhou)||Jianggan AJianggan BLinan AXiaoshan AXiaoshan BYuhang A||Jianggan AJianggan BLinan AXiaoshan AXiaoshan BYuhang A|
|China East 2 (Shanghai)||Baoshan ABaoshan BBaoshan CPudong APudong BPudong C||Baoshan ABaoshan BBaoshan CPudong APudong BPudong C|
|China South 1 (Shenzhen)||Futian ALonghua ANanshan AYantian A||Futian ALonghua ANanshan AYantian A|
Get started with Express Connect now to increase the flexibility of your network topology and enhance the quality and security of inter-network connections.
Using Alibaba Cloud Express Connect through Management Console
The Alibaba Cloud Management Console provides a simple web-based user interface to access and configure Express Connect. Create, modify, and manage your Express Connect using this console.
Alibaba Cloud Documentation
If you want to create your own Alibaba Cloud Express Connect, please refer to the Express Connect Documentation. This documentation provides a detailed description of how Express Connect works and how to modify and manage Express Connect.
Alibaba Cloud Express Connect API Reference
Use web-based Alibaba Cloud Express Connect APIs to programmatically create and manage your Express Connect resources.
Express Connect can quickly provide you with a dedicated network connection between various environments across the world. The following resources offer detailed information about Alibaba Cloud Express Connect.
Click on the following links for advanced features, documentations, and other related information that will show you how to improve the efficiency of your existing application by integrating them with Express Connect:
1. Which Alibaba Cloud services can be used with Express Connect?
All Alibaba Cloud services, including Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Object Storage Service (OSS), RDS, and Table Store can be used with Express Connect.
2. Can I use the same private network connection with Alibaba Cloud VPC and other Alibaba Cloud services simultaneously?
Yes. Each Express Connect connection can be configured with one or more virtual interfaces that may be configured to access Alibaba Cloud services, such as ECS and OSS, or resources in a VPC using private IP space.
3. Where is Express Connect available?
Express Connect is available in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen with multiple access points. This service will soon be available in overseas regions, including Singapore, and U.S. West.
4. What Alibaba Cloud products can be used with Express Connect?
Express Connect supports the interconnection between VPC and other network environments, allowing you to access VPC-compatible cloud products, such as ECS, Server Load Balancer, ApsaraDB for RDS, and OSS.
5. Can I upgrade the Router Interface specification after I bought them?
Express Connect Router Interface does not support automatic upgrade of specifications. Router Interface pricing is based on Subscription, you cannot perform configuration upgrade within the billing cycle. We recommend that you select the appropriate specifications of the Router Interface according to your business requirements.
6. Do I have exclusive use of the Express Connect Router Interface resources or do I share them with other users?
After you purchase Express Connect Router Interface, you are logically assigned the exclusive resources you purchased.
7. How reliable is Express Connect?
Refer to the service level agreement of Express Connect.
8. Is there a limit on the amount of data that I can transfer through the Express Connect Router Interface?
Alibaba Cloud will limit the amount of data that can be transmitted, based on the Router Interface that you purchased.
9. What are the specifications of the various Router Interface?
Router Interface supports several specifications such as Small.1, Small.2, Small.5, Middle.1, Middle.2, Middle.5, Large.1, Large.2. You can find more details in Express Connect Fee Structure. If you need more specifications of router interface, you can submit a ticket to us.
10. What are the prerequisites for using Express Connect?
You must have a registered Alibaba Cloud account with complete information.
You have VPC in Alibaba Cloud.
You must have physical connectivity between your various locations. For physical connection setup, you can contact a carrier or buy a carrier leased line on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.
1. Why can't I buy Router Interface for inter-region connectivity?
Currently, the minimum specification of Router Interface for inter-region is Small.1. Due to the special nature of the inter-region services, the console does not support direct self-purchase. However, Alibaba Cloud does provide offline service activation and procurement. You can submit a ticket or contact your customer manager for more details.
2. What is the pricing model for Express Connect?
Refer to the Express Connect Fee Structure.
1. How do I obtain the location of an Alibaba Cloud access point if I want to buy a leased line?
You can submit a ticket to obtain the geographic location of an access point. However, the Alibaba Cloud system will only assign the specific datacenter location to you after you procure the Physical Connection access fee on the Alibaba Cloud website.
2. Is physical connection redundancy supported?
Yes. You can apply the equivalent route mode to up to four physical connections. For details, refer to Best practice – redundant physical connection.
3. What interfaces and protocols does a physical connection support?
A physical connection to Alibaba Cloud supports the optical interface LC mode and electrical interface RJ45 mode. Currently, physical connections only support the Ethernet protocol, not the V.35, G.703, and other protocols.
4. Does a redundant physical connection support multi-carrier access or multiple access points?
Yes. We suggest you access Alibaba Cloud through different carriers at different access points to improve redundancy.
5. What routing modes does Express Connect support?
Currently, Express Connect only supports static routing.
6. Does Express Connect support network address translation (NAT)?
• NAT is currently not supported for Express Connect. When using Express Connect, users have to ensure no network address conflict on both ends of the connection.
7. Does Express Connect support quality of service (QoS)?
8. Can I extend my local VLAN to VPC through Express Connect?
No. Currently, Alibaba Cloud only supports L3 interconnection.
9. How do I connect my physical hosting network to VPC through Express Connect?
You can rent a point-to-point leased line from a carrier or use a leased line of an Alibaba Cloud partner.
10. Can I interconnect multiple VPC instances through a physical connection?
11. How many VPC instances can be interconnected through one physical connection?
By default, each VRouter instance supports six VRouter interfaces. Therefore, one physical connection supports five VPC instances interconnected through the L3 interface.
12. Are the interconnected VPC instances isolated over the Physical Connection?
You can configure VLANs over the physical connection to isolate network data.
13. Which access point do I connect to if I want to use Zone A where my ECS instance is located?
Zone and access point are two concepts of region and they do not have a strict mapping relationship. You can choose the access point deployed at Alibaba’s POP point (network service provisioning point) in the corresponding region. POP points and zones share a common geographic location in some regions.
14. I have applied for a point-to-point leased line from a carrier to connect to an Alibaba Cloud access point. What VLANID can I use during VBR configuration?
If the device for leased line access in your physical hosting machine room supports the L3 port and you do not require VLAN-based VPC isolation over the physical connection, you can set VLANID to 0.
If you need to isolate data through VLAN, VLANID on both ends of the leased line must be the same.