The way that you connect your premises to a vCloud Air data center by using Direct Connect can vary depending on your requirements and goals.

Connection partners

For information about which connection partners have point-of-presence (POP) in the vCloud Air data centers where Direct Connect is available, contact a vCloud Air SE Specialist or VMware Support. Your ability to contract a service provider that does not have a POP in a vCloud Air data center depends on their capabilities. To work with such a provider, the provider must be able to deliver a network-to-network interface (NNI) to the network service providers (or telecommunications carriers that have a POP in the vCloud Air data center.

Network hardware

To inquire about using your network equipment located in a colocation cage at a vCloud Air data center, contact a vCloud Air SE Specialist or your VMware sales representative.

Redundant Direct Connect connections

vCloud Air does not support configuring redundant connections for Direct Connect at this time. For information about other redundancy solutions for vCloud Air, contact VMware Sales, a vCloud Air SE Specialist, or VMware Support.

Connecting to multiple vCloud Air offerings

Using one, shared Direct Connect connection to connect from on-premises to multiple vCloud Air offerings (namely, Dedicated Cloud, Virtual Private Cloud, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)) is not supported.

To connect multiple vCloud Air offerings, order a cross connection for each of your vCloud Air environments and configure static routing between them. See Order Direct Connect from VMware and Direct Connect Service Overview for information.

Direct Connect is not supported for the following implementations:

Ethernet over copper (EoC) connections

Direct connect does not support your network service provider delivering an EoC connection from your premises to the vCloud Air data center. A Direct Connect connection requires single-mode fiber with a Lucent Connector (LC).

Dynamic routing

Direct Connect does not support dynamic routing (for example with OSPF and BGP) for network traffic between on-premises and vCloud Air and between vCloud Air instances. Configure static routing for Direct Connect network traffic from your data center router or collocated router within the vCloud Air data center.

VLAN trunks and subnets

Direct Connect does not support VLAN trunks or multiple subnets. A Direct Connect connection supports one subnet or VLAN.

Public IP address porting

vCloud Air does not support using your own public IP address space with Direct Connect.