The news benefits MSPs, SIs and other partners handling virtual private clouds for clients.

Kelly Teal, Contributing Editor

September 23, 2019

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The list of providers offering connections to Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway over AWS Direct Connect continues to grow, benefiting managed service providers, system integrators and other partners handling virtual private clouds for clients.

The latest announcement – and one of the most applicable for the channel – comes from Pureport.

The company’s Multicloud Fabric platform now supports connections to AWS Transit Gateway over AWS Direct Connect. Multicloud Fabric sets up a WAN via public cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. A self-service console eliminates the need to wait for traditional circuit deployments or deploy new physical infrastructure.

The significance of AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway boils down to simplified connectivity to different AWS resource groups, as well as better performance and security, as some examples.

In an April blog explaining the newly launched service, Amazon described capabilities this way: “Customers can connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections. Until today, AWS Transit Gateway only supported AWS Site-to-Site VPN and Amazon VPC attachments. You can now use Direct Connect gateway as an attachment with your Transit Gateways.”

In the case of Pureport, adding AWS support removes the complexity of workarounds when implementing Direct Connect. Combining Multicloud Fabric with AWS Transit Gateway “allows organizations to quickly and easily mesh their on-premises and cloud networks, establishing consistent, low-latency connectivity that is critical for hybrid-cloud topologies,” said Rich Lee, CEO of Pureport.

Further, the vendor is selling those capabilities through Avant Communications, Pureport and Avant said in earlier this month.

“Channel partners can now confidently pitch Transit Gateway over Direct Connect because they know Pureport can provision the circuit in minutes to deliver more consistent performance and potential cost savings,” a Pureport spokesman told Channel Futures. “This is a great way for channel partners to increase revenue and customer experience throughout their portfolio of AWS users.”

Jen Gallego, executive vice president, sales west, at Avant, went into more detail.


Avant’s Jen Gallego

“With more and more business applications residing in the cloud, businesses must create more adept private access to these tools,” she told Channel Futures. “And, to run these applications efficiently, business users need to have both close proximity and a private connection to the various cloud providers.”

The takeaway, then, is that enterprises “no longer have to uproot their entire networks and datacenter architecture to garner closer private connections to the various cloud providers,” Gallego added.

AVANT views Pureport’s AWS Transit Gateway and Direct Connect capabilities as further enabling channel partners.

“The technology space is ever-evolving, and at a more rapid pace than ever before,” Gallego said. “It’s critical that [partners] can offer a more simplified customer architecture while increasing the speed to market.”

To the latter point, Gallego said Pureport’s technology helps partners provision solutions within days rather than months. That’s because Pureport’s software-defined platform lets users connect on-premises networks to an AWS Transit Gateway via IPSec VPN tunnels, or from more than 150 data centers or other internet-connected locations.

Pureport’s Multicloud Fabric requires no additional hardware, facilitates automatic, not manual connections, provides IP address conflict resolution and flexible bandwidth control, and more. It works across multicloud, hybrid cloud and multisite networks, giving enterprises private connectivity to top public cloud providers.

Aviatrix also ranks among the channel-friendly firms offering AWS services similar what Pureport recently launched.

AWS in August made Transit Gateway available in Hong Kong. That brings to 18 the number of AWS regions where enterprises may access Transit Gateway.

About the Author(s)

Kelly Teal

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Kelly Teal has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and analyst, with longtime expertise in the indirect channel. She worked on the Channel Partners magazine staff for 11 years. Kelly now is principal of Kreativ Energy LLC.

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