Typically, connecting to Google via Cloud Interconnect requires leasing lines from your premises to a cloud on-ramp-enabled data center and managing the routing yourself. This method means long-term contracts. With Pureport, you can quickly and easily connect from customer premises to the Pureport platform using an IPSEC VPN tunnel, using your existing network hardware, and from there get the benefits of Google Cloud Interconnect from the Pureport platform into GCP.
In North America, GCP allows you to privately access their publicly available services via any GCI location within North America. For example, you can access a VPC located in the US West 1 (Oregon) region from a GCI connection located in the US East 4 (N. Virginia) region. Traffic traverses the Google's private network between the GCI location and the service endpoint location.
Before you begin, you will need:
- A Google Cloud Platform account with permissions to create Cloud Interconnects
- A customer premises device capable of IPSec VPN termination
- A basic understanding of how the Pureport platform connects clouds and sites
Putting it together
The steps required to complete connectivity between an Azure vNet and Google public services are outlined below:
- Create a Pureport Network (see the "Creating a Network" article).
- Provision a VPN Gateway in your Pureport Network and connect to it from your customer premises device.
- Connect your Pureport Network to GCP.
You now have a private connection from your on-premises location to your Google VPC(s), allowing you to create a hybrid cloud between your on-prem workloads and those in GCP.