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Cloud On Demand overview

Under the Cloud On Demand offering, connectivity is provided from data centres and enterprise locations into the public cloud.

Colt has enabled connectivity into Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, both Amazon Web Services Direct Connect service options (hosted connections and dedicated ports) and Google Cloud Platform via the On Demand platform.

Customers can connect from all On Demand enabled locations (including all data centres and enterprise locations) to the public cloud.

DCA On Demand

The Cloud On Demand service model, there are two cloud-specific service components – cloud ports and connections to cloud ports. cloud connections terminate on standard ports in data centres or enterprise locations.

Cloud ports

The options are summarised in the below table.

Customers who wish to flex the bandwidth on their cloud circuit connections are advised to over-size the cloud port to enable bandwidth to be flexed up to this limit.

Bandwidth
Microsoft Azure 50Mbps-10Gbps Twin Automated API delivery
AWS 50Mbps-500Mbps Single Automated API delivery
Google Cloud 50Mbps-10Gbps Single Automated API delivery
IBM Cloud 50Mbps-5Gbps Single Automated API delivery
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 1Gbps-10Gbps Single Automated API delivery
Dedicated ports (all CSPs) 1Gbps & 10Gbps Single Physical cross connect

Cloud circuits

Once a cloud port has been provisioned, customers can request a new cloud connection between the A end port(s) and the cloud port. The below table summarises the bandwidth and resilience options.

Bandwidth
Microsoft Azure 10Mbps-10Gbps 1+1 twin circuits by default 2x twin circuit packages Near real time delivery
AWS 10Mbps-500Mbps Single circuit 2x circuits Near real time delivery
Google Cloud 10Mbps-10Gbps Single circuit 2x circuits Near real time delivery
IBM Cloud 10Mbps-5Gbps Single circuit 2x circuits Near real time delivery
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 10Mbps-10Gbps Single circuit 2x circuits Near real time delivery
Dedicated ports (all CSPs) 10Mbps & 10Gbps Single circuit 2x circuits Near real time delivery

* With the exception of AWS ports in Europe (which are enabled via an AWS dedicated port function), all connectivity to    dedicated ports can be provided via a standard DCNet service and a data centre cross connect.

It is important to note that Colt’s cloud OD offering is based on layer 2 Ethernet connectivity, and that customers will need to establish layer 3 peering with the cloud providers.

This is illustrated below, using a London to Amsterdam ExpressRoute service as an example:

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Cloud ports ordering journey

Cloud ports provide a logical (or physical) end point that allow circuit connections to be routed into the public cloud.

The below table summarises the cloud journey. Please note that for Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and Oracle services, the customer selects the bandwidth and locations within the cloud provider portal.

Authorisation key
Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Service Key n/a n/a n/a
AWS AWS Account Number Select from list Select from list 50-500Mbps
Upload LOA 1 or 10Gbps
Google Cloud Pairing Key Select from list Select from list 50Mbps-10Gbps
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service Key Select from list* Select from list* 1Gbps-10Gbps
IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Key n/a n/a n/a

For all Customers planning to select a flexible contract on a Cloud On Demand service should select the upper limit of the bandwidth that they wish to flex to.

The supported bandwidth ranges for an On Demand cloud connection is based on the bandwidth of the cloud port. There are no restrictions on the circuit bandwidths supported on the B end customer port.

Azure port 50Mbps-10Gbps 10Mbps – 1Gbps (Azure ports up to 1Gbps)
200Mbps – 2Gbps (2Gbps Azure port)
500Mbps – 5Gbps (5Gbps Azure port)
1Gbps – 10Gbps (10Gbps Azure port)
AWS hosted port 50-500Mbps 10-500Mbps
AWS dedicated port 1Gbps or 10Gbps 10Mbps-1Gbps (1Gbps AWS port)
1-10Gbps (10Gbps AWS port)
Google Partner Interconnect port 50Mbps-10Gbps 10Mbps – 1Gbps (Google ports up to 1Gbps)
200Mbps – 2Gbps (2Gbps Google port)
500Mbps – 5Gbps (5Gbps Google port)
1Gbps – 10Gbps (10Gbps Google port)
Oracle FastConnect port 1Gbps-10Gbps 10Mbps – 1Gbps (1Gbps ports up to 1Gbps)
2Gbps-10Gbps (2Gbps-10Gbps Oracle port)
IBM Direct Link Connect port 50Mbps-5Gbps 10Mbps – 1Gbps (IBM ports up to 1Gbps)
200Mbps – 2Gbps (2Gbps IBM port)
500Mbps – 5Gbps (5Gbps IBM port)

For all customers planning to select a flexible contract on a Cloud On Demand service should select the upper limit of the bandwidth that they wish to flex to.

End-end customer journey

The customer journey to establish end to end connectivity to a Microsoft ExpressRoute is illustrated below: