Five Blog Posts from 2020 You’ll Surely Use in 2021

From finding out how to reduce your cloud spend to learning more about AWS Hosted Connection and Transit Gateway to the launch of Megaport Virtual Edge, these articles will help you hit the ground running in 2021.

2020 was without a doubt a difficult year for the world with the COVID-19 pandemic on all of our minds. As we look forward to the holidays and a new year, we wanted to highlight 5 of our most-read blog posts, which will also be excellent practical guides that we feel you’ll use in what we hope will be a better 2021. 

5. AWS Hosted Connection Webinar Series Wrap Up and Q and A

In July, Steve Tu, Principal Solution Architect in APAC, led a webinar on the AWS Direct Connect Hosted Connection service offering and Megaport’s capabilities as an AWS Advanced Technology Partner. The virtual event drew over 650 attendees, which led to many insights and follow-up questions that our team compiled and answered on our blog after the event.

Among these questions were:


  1. What will Transit Gateway provide me and what other gateways do I need to be aware of in building a full solution? 
  2. Can we connect Transit Gateway with multiple AWS regions? 
  3. Does Megaport provide highly available connections at each DC? 
  4. Is it possible to dynamically scale Hosted Connection bandwidth via VXC? 
  5. What are some of the best practices I should follow when designing for Transit Gateway?

Read our Solution Architects’ answers to those FAQs here

4. Need to Reduce Your Overall Cloud Spend? Consider a Better Connectivity Model

With the growth of cloud-first and cloud-only IT investments driven in part by the global pandemic’s role in accelerating digital transformation, cloud budgets are soaring as a result. According to Flexera’s 2020 State of the Cloud Report, 23% of respondents admitted that current organisational spend on public cloud had run over budget.

Our Solutions Architect Fillipo De Martinis writes that using SDNs and cloud-to-cloud virtual routing can help cost-conscious organisations break free of budget-busting traditional networking solutions such as VPN tunnels and dedicated telco circuits.


Discover how to reduce your overall cloud spend here.


3. Avoid Cloud Bill Shock with Azure ExpressRoute Local and Megaport

Another area of cloud bill sticker shock can be data egress fees, which results from your cloud provider charging you for data leaving their cloud. Our Solutions Architect James McElvanna compares the bill shock to having your child rent Frozen 17 times a month. By establishing a private connection through an SDN like Megaport’s, you can avoid these exorbitant monthly charges.

McElvanna writes about a customer in Denver who faced a $51,300 monthly data egress fee. Using Megaport’s cloud on-ramps, the customer was able to architect a solution that saved $43,000 a month. That’s a lot of movie rentals.

Find out how here

2. Transforming the Network Edge

As we look ahead to 2021, many IT departments will be supporting a workforce that has changed drastically and rapidly. The global pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote work, and this newly distributed workforce will need to exchange data fast and securely, not just with data centres and cloud on-ramps, but with branch offices, remote workers, and customers and partners who are also staffed with widely distributed teams. This will put IT departments under a new kind of strain.

Enter Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE) and Megaport’s collaboration with Cisco to enable interoperability between Cisco’s Secure SD-WAN solution and the Megaport global interconnection platform.

Read more about transforming the network edge here from Bevan Slattery, Megaport’s Founder and Executive Chairman. 

1. The Enterprise’s Guide to AWS Direct Connect and Transit Gateway

Our top blog post of 2020 was a deep-dive on the evolution of AWS Direct Connect and its virtual private cloud peering options for enterprises. Our team of cloud experts breaks down the difference between AWS’s Direct Connect Gateway (DXGW) and its subsequent offering Transit Gateway (TGW) and factors to consider when connecting to Transit Gateway via Megaport.

Read more about AWS Direct Connect and Transit Gateway here.