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How much does AWS Direct Connect cost?


Course Introduction
VPC Fundamentals
What is a VPC?
PREVIEW16m 20s
VPC Security and Control
VPC Connectivity
VPC Sharing using the AWS Resource Access Manager
Understanding Direct Connect, Implementation and Configuration
Why Direct Connect?
5m 25s
Understanding AWS Direct Connect - Connectivity Options

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This section of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional learning path introduces you to the core networking concepts and services relevant to the SAP-C02 exam. We start with an introduction to the AWS Virtual Private Network (VPC) and networking services. We then understand the options available and learn how to select and apply AWS networking, DNS, and content delivery services to meet specific design scenarios relevant to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Get a foundational understanding of VPCs, their security, and connectivity
  • Learn about VPC sharing using the AWS Resource Access Manager
  • Discover inter-regional and intra-regional communication patterns in AWS
  • Learn about AWS Direct Connect, along with its implementation, configuration, and connectivity options
  • Understand routing in AWS, including static and dynamic routing
  • Understand the basics of networking, including Elastic IP addresses, Elastic Network Interfaces, networking with EC2, VPC endpoints, and AWS Global Accelerator
  • Learn about the DNS and content delivery services Amazon Route 53 and Amazon CloudFront

At this point, you may be asking yourself how much does AWS Direct Connect cost?

And to some degree, it gives me great pleasure to say, 'It depends', because that's the answer to seemingly every technology-based question these days. AWS Direct Connect has two billing elements: Port hours and Data Transfer Out (DTO). Port hours represent the amount of time in AWS Direct Connect port has been provisioned for your use even if no data is passing through the port. Conceptually, think of Direct Connect port hours as you would in on-demand EC2 instance. If that instance is powered on, you are paying for it even if you're not using it. Data Transfer Out refers to the cumulative amount of data transferred through the AWS Direct Connect to destinations outside of AWS and is charged per gigabyte. The exact pricing depends on the AWS region and Direct Connect location used by the customer.

Fortunately, you can use the AWS pricing calculator to estimate the cost of AWS Direct Connect. On the pricing example shown here, the port hours cost of a single 1 GB dedicated connection with 100% utilization hosted at the core site facility in Northern Virginia will cost $219 a month. DTO can have a significant impact on the monthly cost of AWS Direct Connect. In the example shown here, the cost of transferring 100 TB through the direct connect to destinations outside of AWS will cost $2,048 a month. As you can see, it's important to understand how applications and data will use the Direct Connect to properly and accurately estimate its cost to your organization.


About the Author
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Danny has over 20 years of IT experience as a software developer, cloud engineer, and technical trainer. After attending a conference on cloud computing in 2009, he knew he wanted to build his career around what was still a very new, emerging technology at the time — and share this transformational knowledge with others. He has spoken to IT professional audiences at local, regional, and national user groups and conferences. He has delivered in-person classroom and virtual training, interactive webinars, and authored video training courses covering many different technologies, including Amazon Web Services. He currently has six active AWS certifications, including certifications at the Professional and Specialty level.