PXC Direct Connect

About PXCGHOST Direct Connect

PXCGHOST™ Direct Link provides connectivity from an external source into a customer’s private network. Direct Link is designed for customers that need more consistent, higher-throughput connectivity between remote networks and their various Cloud environments.

The PXCGHOST Cloud Direct Link service is a routed, OSI Layer-3 service. It offers a direct connection to the PXCGHOST Cloud private network backbone, with low latency and speeds up to 100 Gbps.

For increased flexibility in creating this Layer-3 connectivity, PXCGhost Cloud Direct Link enables customers to use:

  • Dual IP for remote hosts
  • Secure Interconnect for BYOIP/Private network functionality
  • Multi-Cloud API for standardising cross dependencies with multiple providers
  • Increase Governance and ownership with our service
  • Take back data ownership and bring gravity back to your control and not the app provider.

Direct Link offers

Currently, two types of connections are available:

  • Direct Ghost Dedicated – Allows customers to terminate a single-tenant, fibre-based cross-connect into the PXCGhost Cloud network. This can be used by customers with colocation premises that are next to PXCGhost Cloud PoPs and data centres, as well as network service providers that deliver circuits to customer on-premises or other data centres.
  • Direct Ghost Connect – Offers private access to your PXCGHOST Cloud infrastructure and to any other clouds linked through your local PXCGhost Cloud data centre. This option is perfect for creating multi-cloud connectivity in a single environment. PXCGhost connects customers to the PXCGhost Cloud private network, using a dedicated bandwidth topology. As with all Direct Link products, you can add global routing that enables private network traffic to all PXCGhost Cloud locations.

Direct Link Dedicated use cases

These use cases are best for working with hybrid workloads, cross-provider workloads, large or frequent data transfers, private workloads, and environment administration. Use these use cases:

  • When you want dedicated connectivity for mission-critical workloads, across multiple cloud providers.
  • When you need dedicated, single-tenant connections between a client and PXCGhost locations.
  • When diverse ports in a point of presence (PoP) are available, or when you require link aggregation group (LAG) support for encrypted or non-encrypted 100 Gbps or greater speeds.

Direct Link Single-use case: Customer on-premises facility to PXCGhost Cloud

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Direct Link Dedicated: Customer colocation to PXCGHOST Cloud

Termination location – PXCGhost Cloud point of presence (PoP) or Data Centre (DC).

Typical deployment time – Averages 10-15 business days after the new circuit reaches the PoP. Deployment time can be same day compared to 30 – 60 days going to direct suppliers, one interconnect reaches all suppliers, this may vary depending on location and the requirements when you order a circuit from us.

Cross-connect details – PXCGhost Cloud agrees to a Letter of Authorisation (LOA) that customer can use to order fibre Ethernet (single-mode fibre only, either 1Gig-LX or 10Gig-LR optics). This Ethernet runs from a customer cage or provider cage to the PXCGhost Cloud Connecting Facility Assignment (CFA) termination point, which is tied down to the cross-connect router (XCR) infrastructure. The media must be a 1310 nm wavelength optic.

Port speed options – Select 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 5 Gbps, or >100 Gbps.

Approximate latency – Latency is approximately sub ms within the local area (data centres with the same three-letter prefix, such as DAL, AMS, MEL).

PXCGhost colocation services – Based on customer requirements.

Redundancy – PXCGhost Cloud can provide redundancy as part of the product.

Local and global routing options – The local routing option is the default routing option. It provides access to data centres within the same market as the Direct Link PoP (denoted, for example, as DAL, AMS, or MEL). The global routing option is an automated provisioning request allowing other resources to other PXCGhost Cloud resources in data centres outside the local market. It provides a way to share workloads between PXCGhost Cloud resources (for example, Dallas to Ashburn, or Dallas to Frankfurt or AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud or Google Cloud).

  • When you want quicker connectivity for mission-critical workloads and multiple provider services.
  • When you need connections between a client network and PXCGhost Cloud at speeds of at 5 Gbps or more.
  • When diverse ports in a point of presence (PoP) are available.

Direct Link Connect use case 1: Leveraging PXCGhost interconnect networks to virtually reach PXCGhost Cloud

The Direct Link Connect solution enables you to use PXCGhost as to deliver connectivity to other cloud locations. This offering typically provides connectivity at a reduced cost because the physical connectivity from PXCGhost Cloud to the service provider is already in place, which is shared among other customers.

Some benefits include:

  • Multi-cloud use through a single Connect port
  • Latency tolerant (especially with encrypted sessions)
  • Lower cost entry to PXCGHOST Cloud 

Direct Link Connect use case 2: Other Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) or enterprises

  • Multi-cloud use through a single Connect port, which can be aggregated 100Gbps or more
  • Latency tolerant
  • Multi-tenant via NNI (also known as network-to-network interfaces, or NNI) between PXCGhost and other Cloud service providers
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 support across the whole network with a standard API
  • Lower cost of entry to PXCGhost Cloud and other cloud services

Termination location: PXCGHOST Cloud point of presence (PoP).

Typical deployment time: 5 – 10 days after the circuit reaches the exchange. Deployment time can be 30 – 60 days overall, depending on your location and the requirements when you order a circuit from a service provider or carrier.

Cross-connect details: Physical cross-connects for the secure Direct Link Connect interconnect are maintained between PXCGhost Cloud and the Connect provider. You must request a “Virtual Circuit” from us, which establishes logical connectivity to PXCGhost Cloud after you are connected.

Port speed options: Select 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 5 Gbps up to 100Gbps plus.

Approximate latency: Latency is approximately sub 1.0 ms within the local area (data centres with the same three-letter prefix, such as DAL, AMS, MEL). We can work through global SLA’s for speed of throughput, we can for example connect dedicated fibre circuits globally to extend the latency.

PXCGHOST colocation services – Depending on the customer requirements.

Redundancy: PXCGhost Cloud provides redundancy as part of the product, this is requested as part of the sales acquisition and requested SLA process.

Local and global routing options: The local routing option is the default routing option. It provides access to data centres within the same market as the Direct Link PoP (denoted, for example, as DAL, AMS, or MEL). The global routing option is an automated provisioning request allowing other resources to other PXCGhost Cloud resources in data centres outside the local market. It provides a way to share workloads between PXCGhost Cloud resources (for example, Dallas to Ashburn, or Dallas to Frankfurt or AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud or Google Cloud).