Use cross connect

Set up cross connect if your router is in the same data center as the Direct Connect router.

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 Akamai interface is either 10GbE LR or 100GbE LR4 depending on the use case.

  • 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 the customer 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 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. The Akamai port need not have a rate limit, but 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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