Obtaining an AWS Direct Connect
Obtaining an AWS Direct Connect
3h 55m

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

Hello and welcome to this lecture where I want to talk about how an organization would obtain an AWS Direct Connect connection. The process of obtaining an AWS Direct Connect, or DX connection, isn't too difficult from an AWS management console perspective. The hardest and/or the most time-consuming part is typically building the connection from the on-prem data center to the desired DX location. But at a high level, these are the tasks that are completed to utilize an AWS Direct Connect connection. One, an AWS customer requests a DX connection in a DX location. Two, once the connection request has been received, AWS will allocate a DX port for the customer on one of their AWS-owned DX routers in the specified DX location. Three, once the DX port has been allocated, the customer downloads the Letter of Authorization Customer Facility Access form, or LOA-CFA, which authorizes the DX location support staff to connect the customer environment to the specified AWS DX port.

Four, the customer completes the LOA-CFA form and sends it to the DX location to authorize the DX location support staff to physically access the customer-owned equipment for the purposes of establishing the cross-connect with the AWS DX port. Five, with the LOA-CFA form in hand, the DX location support staff run the cross-connect cable from the customer-owned equipment to the AWS-owned DX port. Six, physical connectivity is now established and the Direct Connect is now available for use.


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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.