MCR Overview

The MCR is a managed virtual router service that establishes Layer 3 connectivity on the worldwide Megaport software-defined network (SDN). MCR instances are preconfigured in data centers in key global routing zones. An MCR enables data transfer between multi-cloud or hybrid cloud networks, network service providers, and cloud service providers.

An MCR instance is not physically cross-connected like a Port in the Megaport network. However, it can host Layer 2 VXC connections just like a physical Port and it can extend to any other Port in the Megaport network or another MCR.

How it works

An MCR joins two or more independent Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) services into a single routing domain, providing connectivity between all of the VXCs attached to the MCR.

Without physical infrastructure, you can leverage cloud-to-cloud networking, private peering between leading public Cloud, IaaS, and SaaS providers, and direct connectivity to any provider on the Megaport Software Defined Network (SDN). There is no need to own and maintain equipment. MCR removes the complexity of getting connected at Layer 3 and opens up new possibilities for virtualized networking.

MCR overview

You can use an MCR instance either with or without a physical Port in the Megaport network. If you want to configure multi-region deployments with a single cloud service provider (CSP), or a multi-cloud deployment with multiple CSPs, MCR can enable both functionalities. Combining MCR functionality with a physical Port in the Megaport network has added benefits:

  • Reduced latencies by enabling direct connections among cloud providers.
  • Inter-region or inter-cloud connectivity to control and localize traffic.

Speed tiers

The MCR speed options are consolidated into these four tiers:

Speed Tier Symmetric Throughput Asymmetric Throughput
1 Gbps 0.5 Gbps/0.5 Gbps 1 Gbps
2.5 Gbps 1.25/1.25 Gbps 2.5 Gbps
5 Gbps 2.5/2.5 Gbps 5 Gbps
10 Gbps 5/5 Gbps 10 Gbps

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