Direct Connect is a network service that allows a customer to establish a dedicated network connection between one of Amazon's Direct Connect locations and the customer's data center or colocation environment.
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Direct Connect provides Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with a way to transfer data that does not involve using the public Internet. According to Amazon, private network connections provide a safer, more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections. Direct Connect is also useful for customers whose corporate governance prohibits the use of the public Internet for transferring sensitive data because of compliance concerns.
Direct Connect can be used with all AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon DynamoDB. AWS charges for data transferred over the dedicated connection at a reduced rate rather than the standard Internet data transfer rate (DTR), and pricing is per port-hour.