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AWS Direct Connect is a service that lets you to establish a dedicated private connection between your data center and a VPC.

Suppose that there is an apartment building with a hallway directly linking the building to the coffee shop. Only the residents of the apartment building can travel through this hallway.

This private hallway provides the same type of dedicated connection as AWS Direct Connect. Residents are able to get into the coffee shop without needing to use the public road shared with other customers.

A corporate data center routes network traffic to an AWS Direct Connect location. That traffic is then routed to a VPC through a virtual private gateway. All network traffic between the corporate data center and VPC flows through this dedicated private connection.

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