Cross connects

When your onsite router is located in the same data center as the Direct Connect router, you can use a cross connect. This allows connection to a port on an Akamai router. You are responsible for ordering and owning the cross connect.

Even though the data center facilitates the ordering and patching of cross connects, it is not expected to perform L2 and L3 operations on the traffic. If the onsite router is not located in the same data center, you can use third-party connectivity to connect to Akamai at the Direct Connect location.

The router that interfaces with the Akamai router must support either 10 GbE or 100 GbE LR single mode transceivers.
- Interface for one 10 GE Akamai Direct Connect port is one 10Gb-LR SMF SFP+ transceiver.
- Interface for one 100 GE Akamai Direct Connect port is one 100Gb-LR4 SMF QSFP28 transceiver.

Connecting to Akamai Direct Connect:

  • Direct to Akamai: If you cross connect directly to Akamai, then your routers must have the same interface as Akamai.
  • Local loop: This is the physical link or circuit that connects from your premises to the edge of the service provider's network. If you connect to Akamai through a local loop provider, the local loop provider on the Akamai side must be 10 GbE LR or 100 GbE LR4, while the local loop provider on your side can be any interface such as 1 GbE. You can subscribe to the bandwidth on the local loop (example: 100 Mbps) that you want. You own the Direct Connect port size and local loop bandwidth capacity planning.

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