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Connect to Alibaba

End users can create connections to Alibaba Express Connect using either a Dot1q port or a QinQ port. 

 

Click here to watch a video on how to connect to Alibaba using Equinix Fabric APIs.

Layer 2 Connection To Alibaba

Step 1: Retrieve Alibaba Cloud Account Info

Locate your Alibaba Cloud Account ID using the Alibaba Cloud console.

 

The Alibaba Account ID is essential for creating an Alibaba Express Connect connection.

 

Refer https://www.alibabacloud.com/help/product/27782.htm?spm=a3c0i.intl-en-product-expressconnect.0.0.438b6fae0T5ls9 for instructions on how to signup for Alibaba Express Connect. 

Step 2: Create Connection

2a) Authenticate

Submit your user credentials, Client ID, and Client Secret for OAuth2 authentication.

 

Refer to Generating a Client ID and Client Secret key under Getting Started section for instructions on how to create client ID and client secret and refer to Requesting Access and Refresh tokens for instructions on how to call Oauth API to validate and authenticate your credentials.

 

If you are unaware of your user credentials for Equinix Fabric, contact your local Equinix Service Desk. 

 

2b) Get Port

Retrieve your allocated Equinix Fabric port information.

 

Refer to GET Port under the API Reference section for instructions on how to retrieve available ports. You may skip this step if you already know the available port information.

 

2c) Get Metros

Gather available metro options with Equinix Fabric ports.

 

Use this API to get the metro codes for metros from which you wish to create a connection. (A-side)

 

Refer to GET Metros under the API Reference section for instructions on how to get the metro code. You may skip this step if you already know the metro code.  

 

2d) Get Service Profile

Identify all seller/service profiles available for a given metro or metros.

 

Refer to GET Services under the API Reference section for instructions on how to get the seller profile. You may skip this step if you already know the service profile details.

 

2e) Post Connections

POST /ecx/v3/l2/connections

Method POST
URL or End Point /ecx/v3/l2/connections
Headers Authorization, Content-Type
Query Parameters Not applicable
Body Parameters primaryName, primaryPortUUID, primaryVlanSTag,  primaryVlanCTag,  profileUUID, authorizationKey, speed, speedUnit, notifications [...], purchaseOrderNumber, sellerRegion, sellerMetroCode, additionalInfo[...]

 

The POST connections API creates a layer 2 connection between your port and the destination service profile. The authorization token and content-type are the only headers that are passed to this API and a response is received based on the values passed.

 

If you are unaware of how to obtain an authorization token, refer to Requesting Access and Refresh tokens section under Getting Started.

 

The following screenshots show a sample curl request to create a layer 2 Express Connect connection using a Dot1q and QinQ port and a sample JSON response for this API. 

 

Should you want to estimate the price of this connection, use the API GET Prices.

 

Alibaba Express Connect connection using a Dot1q port

 

 

curl -X

POST "https://api.equinix.com/ecx/v3/l2/connections"

-H "content-type: application/json"

-H "authorization: Bearer qwErtY8zyW1abcdefGHI"

-d '{
  "primaryName": "JohnDoe_Alibaba_Dot1q",
  "profileUUID": "3214888b-39b0-49ea-a232-005088dc9c84",
  "speed": 50,
  "speedUnit": "MB",
  "notifications": [
    "JohnDoe@example.com"
  ],
  "purchaseOrderNumber": "1234567890",
  "primaryPortUUID": "7f891d3b-973e-73e0-bae0-30ac1885197a",
  "primaryVlanSTag": "774",
  "sellerRegion": "us-west-1",
  "sellerMetroCode": "SV",
  "authorizationKey": "1956030"
}'

 

Alibaba Express Connect connection using a QinQ port

 

 

curl -X

POST "https://api.equinix.com/ecx/v3/l2/connections"

-H "content-type: application/json"

-H "authorization: Bearer qwErtY8zyW1abcdefGHI"

-d '{
  "primaryName": "JohnDoe_Alibaba_QinQ",
  "profileUUID": "999552b-39b0-49ea-a232-005088dc9c84",
  "speed": 50,
  "speedUnit": "MB",
  "notifications": [
    "JohnDoe@example.com"
  ],
  "purchaseOrderNumber": "0987654321",
  "primaryPortUUID": "99991d3b-9750-7500-bae0-30ac1885197a",
  "primaryVlanSTag": "774",
  "primaryVlanCTag": "775",
  "sellerRegion": "us-west-1",
  "sellerMetroCode": "SV", 

  "authorizationKey": "1956030"

}'

 

The description of the body parameters is as follows:

 

Body Parameter Name Mandatory Type Example Applicable Values Description
primaryName Yes string JohnDoe_Alibaba_QinQ  

User-defined name of the primary connection.

 

Supply an alpha-numeric string, which can include hyphens and underscores ('-' & '_') as special characters (no other special characters are allowed).

 

Max Length: 24 characters

primaryPortUUID Yes string 99991d3b-9750-7500-bae0-30ac1885197a   Unique Equinix-assigned ID of the buyer's primary port from where the connection originates.
primaryVlanSTag Yes integer 774

2 - 4094

S-Tag/Outer-Tag of the primary connection.

 

Range: 2 - 4094.

primaryVlanCTag Yes integer 775

2 - 4094

C-Tag/Inner-Tag of the primary connection.

 

Range: 2 - 4094

profileUUID Yes string 999552b-39b0-49ea-a232-005088dc9c86   Unique Equinix-assigned ID of the provider's service profile.
authorizationKey Yes string 123456789012   Authorization Key provided by Alibaba, such as the Alibaba Account ID.
speed Yes integer 50   Speed/bandwidth to be allocated to the connection.
speedUnit Yes string MB MB

Unit of the speed/bandwidth to be allocated to the connection.

 

Values: Either MB or GB.

notifications Yes array[string] JohnDoe@example.com

 

A list of email addresses that are notified when there are any updates on this connection.

 

Example:
["user@example.com", "user2@example.com"]

purchaseOrderNumber Yes string 0987654321   This optional field links the purchase order to the connection on Equinix. This link is reflected on the invoice.
sellerRegion Yes string us-west-1   The region in which the seller port resides.
sellerMetroCode Yes string SV  

The metro code that denotes the connection’s destination (Z side). 

 

If sellerMetroCode is empty, the value defaults to the metro code of the port.

 

The following table indicates the tagging criteria to be followed when a buyer/customer (A-side) wants to connect to Alibaba (Z-side). Ensure to add the correct S tag or C tag based on your port type.

 

Port Type (A-side) S-tag required C-tag required Port Type ( Z-side)
Dot1q port Yes No Dot1q port
QinQ port Yes Yes Dot1q port

 

If you get “Access Denied” error, contact your local Equinix Service Desk for Equinix Fabric Portal access.

 

{
    "message": "Connection Saved Successfully",
    "primaryConnectionId": "9999a8-0e07-44d0-944c-88a25d8d28f7"
}

 

The description of the response payload is as follows:

 

Field Name Type Example Description
message string Connection Saved Successfully Indicates the status of the API call.
primaryConnectionID string 9999a8-0e07-44d0-944c-88a25d8d28f7 Indicates the primary connection ID  of the connection that was just created.

 

Once the POST Connections API is successfully called, you may check the status of the connection using the API GET Connections{uuid}

 

When a connection is created, the connection transitions through various states within the Equinix and Alibaba infrastructure. These states can be monitored using the response attributes of the API GET Connections{uuid}. The "status" attribute indicates the connection status in Equinix and the "providerStatus" indicates the status in Alibaba.

 

Equinix States under /ecx/v3/l2/connections/{connId} Alibaba States
"status" attribute values "providerStatus" attribute values Alibaba Express Connect State Description
PROVISIONING NOT_AVAILABLE   Connection request has not been yet sent to Alibaba.
PROVISIONED PENDING_APPROVAL 

Pending creation

The connection awaits for approval.

PROVISIONED PROVISIONING Create in progress Connection establishment in progress.
PROVISIONED PROVISIONED Active

The connection has been accepted by the client.

 

These status values will only be reflected after the below "Accept Connection" step is performed.

 

 

When an end-user deletes a connection using the API DELETE Connections{uuid} the connection transitions through the following states within the Equinix infrastructure. 

 

Equinix States under /ecx/v3/l2/connections/{connId}
"status" attribute values "providerStatus" attribute values Description

DEPROVISIONING

DEPROVISIONING

Connection disbandment in progress.

 

DEPROVISIONED DEPROVISIONED

Connection deleted.

Step 3: Accept Connection

Accept the virtual connection using Alibaba Cloud Console.

 

Refer to https://www.alibabacloud.com/help/product/27782.htm?spm=a3c0i.intl-en-product-expressconnect.0.0.438b6faeZ3xOjUt for instructions on how to accept the connection using Alibaba Cloud Console.