Creating an MCR VXC
With a Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) configured, you can add a Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) to a CSP, a local port, or a third-party network. You can optionally connect a physical Port to the MCR through a private VXC or connect to a service provider in the Megaport Marketplace.
A VXC is a point-to-point Layer 2 circuit between two endpoints that is mapped with a VLAN ID on each end. You can order VXCs to reach any destination in the Megaport network just like the VXCs used with the physical Ports. You can connect up to 25 VXCs per MCR.
The VXC target destination type determines the peering type. The peering type determines which routes are advertised. For details, see MCR Route Advertisement.
- Select Networking > Services.
- Select an MCR.
If you haven’t already created an MCR, see Creating an MCR.
- Select Add Connection from the Actions menu.
In the Connection Type drop-down list, select a connection type:
Private VXC – Connect to other Ports local to the current company account.
After selecting Private VXC, name the connection (start the name with a letter), select a destination Port (B-End), and select a rate limit that doesn’t exceed the total rate limit for the MCR. Allow enough bandwidth for any connections that you might add later. Optionally, enter an VLAN ID for the B-End.
Cloud VXC – Provision a dedicated interconnect to a public cloud service provider.
After selecting Cloud VXC, select a provider. Some providers require a service key. For specific CSP configuration details:
- Alibaba - See Creating MCR Connections to Alibaba Express Connect.
- Amazon Web Services - See Creating MCR Connections to AWS.
- Google Cloud - See Creating MCR Connections to Google Cloud Services.
- Microsoft Azure - See Creating MCR Connections to Azure using ExpressRoute.
- Oracle Cloud - See Creating MCR Connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Megaport Marketplace – Connect to a service provider in the Megaport Marketplace.
After selecting Megaport Marketplace, select the service provider, select a destination Port (B-End), name the connection, and select a rate limit that doesn’t exceed the total rate limit for the MCR. Allow enough bandwidth for any connections that you might add later.
For more details on the Megaport Marketplace, see Megaport Marketplace Overview.
When provisioning a Marketplace connection, only the primary port of a LAG is displayed. For more details about LAGs, see Creating a Link Aggregation Group.
Service Key – Connect to another Megaport ONE account holder using a service key.
After selecting Service Key, enter the service key that you created earlier. The service key is validated when you enter it. For details on creating and using service keys, see Setting Up Service Keys.
(Optional) Under Billing Details, enter a Service Level Reference number and a Promo Code, if you have one.
Click Create Connection.
Review the details and click Confirm.
Configuring VXC details
For each VXC connected to an MCR, you can configure one or more interfaces, BGP connections, or static routes. Most VXCs will use one interface. However, you can configure multiple interfaces enabling a Q-in-Q connection and specifying an inner VLAN tag for each interface. Each VLAN ID must be unique. You can add up to five VLAN IDs.
Enable or disable the QinQ VLAN option:
- Disabled allows a single VLAN tag (802.1q). This is the default setting. In most cases, you use a single VLAN that is exposed on the destination physical port as a trunked port instance, allowing the port to contain multiple VXCs to destinations other than the MCR you are configuring. Some use cases might require multiple inner VLANs exposed to this port through Q-in-Q.
- Enabled allows the VLAN to carry multiple or dual-stacked VLANs (802.1ad).
After enabling QinQ, you can accept the default VLAN ID or specify the VLAN ID for the connection.
The tag protocol identifier (TPID) will be set to 0x8100.
For details, see Understanding Q-in-Q with Megaport VXCs.
If you have enabled QinQ, click Add VLAN to enter the preferred VLAN ID for the B-End of the connection. Megaport automatically assigns an available VLAN to the B-End. If you enter a VLAN ID, Megaport verifies that the VLAN ID is available.
To configure a VXC interface
- Select Networking > Services.
Select the VXC attached to the MCR.
Select the A-End Configuration tab.
Enter one or more IP addresses and subnet mask to configure on the A-End interface.
(Optional) Select a NAT source IPv4 address from the Network Address Translation drop-down list. All packets leaving this interface will have their source NAT rewritten to this address.
Network Address Translation (NAT) allows flexibility in designing a scalable and secure multi-vendor, multi-cloud, or hybrid cloud scenario. Source NAT translates the source IP address of a packet leaving the MCR. When you assign a NAT IP address in MCR, all packets leaving the interface use that IP address as their source IP address. Enable this feature when NAT is required for a connection, for example, when you need to translate several private IP addresses into a single public IP address to meet cloud service provider requirements.
For details on how MCR performs NAT to support public peering types to cloud service providers, see How MCR performs NAT.
Enter any details specific to the VXC type.