Features and Benefits


  • Virtual Data Center Interconnectivity: Cross Connect enables the creation of dedicated LAN-based links between VDCs, thus connecting disparate data centers. This interconnectivity lays the foundation for collaborative workflows, data sharing, and streamlined application deployment.

  • Contract and Regional Compatibility: To leverage the Cross Connect feature, the participating VDCs must be associated with the same IONOS Cloud contract and exist within the same geographic region. This constraint ensures data sovereignty, compliance, and optimal performance within a consistent operational context.

  • Private LAN Utilization: The Cross Connect functionality relies exclusively on private LANs, ensuring the security and isolation of the interconnected VDCs. This privacy-centric approach safeguards sensitive data while promoting a controlled and segregated networking environment.

  • Unique LAN Association: Each LAN can be designated as a constituent of a single Cross Connect connection. This exclusivity prevents network conflicts and guarantees a clear and dedicated channel for communication between the interconnected VDCs.

  • IP Range Uniformity: A fundamental prerequisite for establishing a Cross Connect connection is the adherence to a common IP range. The IP addresses used by the VDCs within the Cross Connect must belong to the same IP range, thus minimizing addressing discrepancies and facilitating seamless communication.


  • Enhanced Data Transfer: Cross Connect revolutionizes data transfer between VDCs by eliminating the need for data to traverse public networks. This results in significantly reduced latency, faster transfer speeds, and a responsive network experience.

  • Optimized Resource Utilization: By seamlessly linking VDCs, Cross Connect optimizes resource utilization. Workloads can be dynamically distributed across interconnected VDCs, enhancing overall system efficiency and performance.

  • Simplified Collaboration: The ability to connect VDCs via LANs breaks down collaboration barriers. Teams can work collaboratively across interconnected VDCs, sharing data and applications without the hindrance of physical separation.

  • Data Security and Compliance: Private LAN usage ensures that sensitive data remains within a controlled environment. Cross Connect helps meet data security standards and regulatory compliance requirements by keeping data transfers confined to the secure IONOS Cloud infrastructure.

  • Scalability and Flexibility: Cross Connect accommodates evolving business needs by offering a scalable approach to network expansion. As organizations grow, new VDCs can be seamlessly integrated into the ecosystem, ensuring that the network infrastructure aligns with changing demands.

  • Disaster recovery strategies: One of the notable advantages of Cross Connect is its vital role in disaster recovery and data backup. By linking disparate VDCs in the region, organizations can easily meet their business continuity and disaster recovery strategies.

  • Enhanced VDC Communication and Collaboration: Cross Connect's fundamental purpose is to elevate the communication and collaboration capabilities of VDCs. By establishing LAN connections with substantial bandwidth, Cross Connect effectively reduces latency and accelerates data transfers between interconnected VDCs. This dynamic connectivity is vital for organizations seeking to optimize their workflows and operational efficiency.

  • Security and Isolation: The utilization of private LANs in the Cross Connect framework inherently contributes to a heightened level of security and isolation. The isolated LAN connections between VDCs offer a fortified environment for data exchanges, shielding sensitive information from potential security threats that might exist in a shared network context.

  • Resource Utilization and Workload Optimization: Through the seamless integration of VDCs facilitated by Cross Connect, resource utilization becomes more optimized and adaptable. This interconnectedness allows for efficient load balancing and resource allocation across VDCs, enabling businesses to achieve greater performance and cost-effectiveness.

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