Creating MVE Connections to AWS Direct Connect with Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN

You can create a network connection from an MVE (an Aruba EC-V) to AWS with Virtual Cross Connects (VXCs) and AWS Direct Connect. You can create either a Hosted Connection or a Hosted VIF.

You initiate the AWS connection through the Megaport Portal, accept the connection in AWS, and create an interface for the EC-V in Aruba Orchestrator.


Aruba provides documentation for their SD-WAN product, including Orchestrator and cloud connections, at Aruba (SilverPeak) Documentation Library.

Before you begin

Before you can create a connection to AWS, you need to satisfy these requirements:

  • Create an MVE (Aruba EC-V). For more information, see Creating an MVE.

  • In AWS, ensure that you have configured the Direct Connect gateway, AWS gateway, VPCs, and related attachments and associations.

Creating a connection to AWS from the MVE

With an MVE already created, you can create a connection to AWS. The VXC connection can be one of two AWS models:

  • Hosted Connections – A Hosted Connection can support one private, public, or transit virtual interface. Hosted Connections are dedicated connections and are recommended for production environments.

  • Hosted Virtual Interfaces (Hosted VIFs) – Hosted VIFs can connect to public or private AWS cloud services: a Hosted VIF cannot connect to a transit virtual interface. Hosted VIF connections share bandwidth.

Click the link for your preferred connection type for detailed configuration steps.


Creating a connection from the MVE instance to AWS is very similar to creating a connection from a Port or an MCR. The primary difference is the process with Aruba SD-WAN does not include automatically configure the MVE in Aruba and you need to manually create a LAN interface and define VLANs, IP addresses, MD5 values, and BGP peers in the Aruba Orchestrator console.