Direct Connect with Cross Connect supports the following types of connections:

Connections for customers who want to connect to vCloud Air from remote locations, for example to extend their MPLS connections to vCloud Air for long distance WAN connectivity

Connections for customers who have a presence in the same data center as vCloud Air and want to cross connect to vCloud Air within that data center

Site-to-Site Private Line Connectivity

You can set up your direct network connection to use an end-to-end virtual circuit from your premises.

The type of connection and bandwidth you provision from your site (such as a colocation facility, headquarters, or branch office) to the data center in which vCloud Air is located depends on the capabilities and service catalog from the network service provider you choose to provide the connectivity. For example, you might choose the following technologies to implement your private WAN connection:

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS)

For information about the connection options supported by Direct Connect for vCloud Air, see the question “What deployment architectures are available?” in the Direct Connect FAQ.

Your network service provider (NSP) or telecommunications partner manages this connection. The connection bridges your customer premises to your NSP’s terminating switch in the data center where vCloud Air is located. Your NSP is responsible for patching the connection to a port on the vCloud Air switch in the data center Meet Me Room (MMR) or to the carrier termination device, such as the main distribution frame (MDF) for the data center.

Areas of Responsibility for Direct Connect with Cross Connect
Areas of Responsibility for Direct Connect with Cross Connect

Cross Connections from Co-located Infrastructure

You can set up your direct network connection to use an intra data center cross connect. Cross connect provides directly connected network circuits between your existing pod in the data center and the vCloud Air service in the same facility. Using an intra data center cross connect allows you to connect two physically isolated organizations within the data canter; specifically, your customer cage and the vCloud Air infrastructure.

VMware provides one or more access ports for your cage in the data center where you access your vCloud Air service. Cross connect is a point-to-point connection that does not use your network service provider's equipment to route traffic.