Direct Connect Cheat Sheet


  • Private connection from on-premise to AWS
  • On top of AWS backbone connections
  • Traffic does not go through Internet
  • Dedicated or hosted (shared)


  • On-premise connect to ISP network
  • ISP network ends at a collocation facility
    • ISP network has points-of-presence (POPs) at collocation facility
    • AWS has POPs at collocation facility
    • Connect two POPs together
  • Collocation facility connect to AWS network on backbone

Virtual Interface (VIF)

  • Public VIF, used to connect to AWS services
  • Private VIF, used to connect to resources in VPCs
  • Transit VIF, used to connect to transit gateways