AWS Direct Connect enables Failover Testing
[AWS Direct Connect](/directconnect/) makes it easy to establish resilient network connectivity from your premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your data center, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than connections over the public internet. AWS Direct Connect customers can now use the [Resiliency Toolkit](https://docs.aws.amazon.com/directconnect/latest/UserGuide/resilency%5Ffailover.html) \- Failover Testing feature to test the resiliency of their Direct Connect connections. The Failover Testing feature enables customers to test resiliency by disabling one or more Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) sessions using the AWS Management Console, Command Line Interface, or AWS Direct Connect API. Until now, customers could establish BGP sessions over physically resilient connections, but AWS did not provide any tools to induce failures to test the resiliency of their configurations. With the Failover Testing feature, customers can now shut down BGP sessions for a configurable time period. Customers can also cancel failover tests at any time during the testing period to return to the pre-test configuration. To learn more about the Failover Testing feature, see [here](https://docs.aws.amazon.com/directconnect/latest/UserGuide/resilency%5Ffailover.html). To begin planning your connectivity to AWS, visit our [Getting Started](/directconnect/getting-started/) page. Sign in to the [AWS Management Console](/console/) to order AWS Direct Connect today!