Quotas and limits

The following sections describe quotas and limits for Cloud Interconnect. To change a quota, simply request additional quota using the Cloud Console. Limits cannot generally be increased unless specifically noted.


This table highlights important quotas for each project. See the quotas page for other quotas.

Item Quota Notes
Interconnects Quota This is the number of interconnects per project. Interconnects are not associated with regions or VPC networks.
Interconnect bandwidth per project Calculated automatically This quota represents the total interconnect bandwidth for the project, calculated by adding up the bandwidths of each interconnect it contains.

The bandwidth of each interconnect is calculated by multiplying the capacities of its circuits (either 10 Gbps or 100Gbps) by the number of circuits in the interconnect. For example, an interconnect consisting of four 10 Gbps circuits has 40 Gbps of bandwidth. If you have two such interconnects in your project, this quota is automatically set to 80 Gbps.
Interconnect attachments Quota This quota represents the number of interconnect attachments (VLANs) that you can configure in each region for your project. Regardless of this quota, you are also limited to a total of 16 interconnect attachments per interconnect. If you require additional attachments per interconnect, refer to Maximum number of interconnect attachments (VLANs) that can be associated with a single interconnect in limits, below.
Interconnect attachments total Mbps Quota This quota represents the maximum bandwidth capacity of all interconnect attachments in a given region for a given project, irrespective of their relationship with interconnects. In addition to this quota, the limits described in the next table apply.
Cloud Routers Quotas This quota represents the number of Cloud Routers you can create within your project, in any network and region. Networks also have a limit on the number of Cloud Routers in any given region. See Cloud Router quotas and limits for more details.


The following limits apply to interconnects and interconnect attachments. Unless otherwise stated, these limits cannot be increased.

Item Limit Notes
Maximum number of physical circuits per interconnect 8 x 10 Gbps (80 Gbps) circuits or
2 x 100 Gbps (200 Gbps) circuits
An interconnect is a logical connection to Google, made up of one or more physical circuits. You can request one of the following circuit choices:
  • Up to 2 x 100 Gbps (200 Gbps) circuits.
  • 10 Gbps increments up to eight circuits (80 Gbps) to increase the maximum total bandwidth of all interconnect attachments that use the interconnect to 80 Gbps.
    To determine the bandwidth, multiply the number of physical circuits by the bandwidth per circuit (10 Gbps).
Maximum number of interconnect attachments (VLANs) that can be associated with a single interconnect 16 Each interconnect supports no more than 16 interconnect attachments (VLANs), even if you would otherwise have quota to create more interconnect attachments.
Maximum bandwidth per interconnect attachment Capacities from 50 Mbps to 50 Gbps The maximum possible bandwidth per interconnect attachment depends on the bandwidth capacity you order. See the Pricing page for capacities. For Partner Interconnect, not all partners offer all capacities.

The throughput of individual flows on an interconnect attachment is limited, as described below. To achieve maximum throughput, you must use multiple five-tuple flows (for example: 10+) with packet sizes within the MTU of the interconnect attachment.
Maximum total packet rate per interconnect attachment (VLAN) This rate varies according to the attachment's capacity:
  • The maximum rate for a 50 Gbps interconnect attachment (VLAN) is 6.25M packets per second (pps).
  • The maximum rate for a 10 Gbps interconnect attachment (VLAN) is 1.25M packets per second (pps)
This represents the maximum packet rate for the entire interconnect attachment (VLAN).
Maximum bandwidth per traffic flow on an interconnect attachment 3 Gbps. Even if you configure your attachment above 3 Gbps, your per-flow capacity is capped at 3 Gbps. A traffic flow is identified by either a five-tuple hash for non-fragmented packets or a three-tuple hash for fragmented packets.
  • A five tuple hash consists of a protocol, source IP address, source port, destination IP address, and destination port.
  • A three-tuple hash consists of a protocol, source IP address, and destination IP address.
The following cases describe where the maximum bandwidth is lower than 3 Gbps:
  • If the bandwidth capacity of your interconnect attachment itself is less than 3 Gbps, then the bandwidth per traffic flow is limited by the bandwidth of the interconnect attachment.
  • If you reach the maximum packet rate per traffic flow, described next.
Maximum packet rate per traffic flow on an interconnect attachment 250,000 packets per second This number represents the maximum rate of packets per traffic flow, as identified by a five-tuple hash for non-fragmented packets and by a three-tuple hash for fragmented packets, as described in the previous section.
Maximum Transmission Unit 1440 bytes The size of the largest IP packet that can be transmitted over an interconnect attachment.
Maximum lifetime of (Partner) interconnect attachment pairing key 28 days The maximum amount of time that can pass between generating a (partner) interconnect attachment pairing key and successful attachment provisioning by the partner. If a pairing key is no longer valid, you just delete and recreate a new pairing key for the partner interconnect provider to use.
Cloud Router limits Because Dedicated Interconnect and Partner Interconnect require Cloud Router, all of the Cloud Router quotas and limits apply. There are limits on the maximum number of learned custom dynamic routes and on the number of advertised routes. Carefully review the Cloud Router Quotas and limits page for more information.

Managing quotas

Cloud Interconnect enforces quotas on resource usage for a variety of reasons. For example, quotas protect the community of Google Cloud users by preventing unforeseen spikes in usage. Quotas also help users who are exploring Google Cloud with the free tier to stay within their trial.

All projects start with the same quotas, which you can change by requesting additional quota. Some quotas may increase automatically based on your use of a product.


To view quotas or request quota increases, Identity and Access Management (IAM) members need one of the following roles.

Task Required role
Check quotas for a project Project Owner or Editor or Quota Viewer
Modify quotas, request additional quota Project Owner or Editor, Quota Administrator, or custom role with the serviceusage.quotas.update permission

Checking your quota


  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Quotas page.

    Go to the Quotas page

  2. To search for the quota that you want to update, use the Filter table. If you don't know the name of the quota, use the links on this page instead.


Using the gcloud command-line tool, run the following command to check your quotas. Replace PROJECT_ID with your own project ID.

      gcloud compute project-info describe --project PROJECT_ID

To check your used quota in a region, run the following command:

      gcloud compute regions describe example-region

Errors when exceeding your quota

If you exceed a quota with a gcloud command, gcloud outputs a quota exceeded error message and returns with the exit code 1.

If you exceed a quota with an API request, Google Cloud returns the following HTTP status code: HTTP 413 Request Entity Too Large.

Requesting additional quota

Request additional quota from the Quotas page in the Cloud Console. Quota requests take 24 to 48 hours to process.


  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Quotas page.

    Go to the Quotas page

  2. On the Quotas page, select the quotas that you want to change.
  3. At the top of the page, click Edit quotas.
  4. Fill out your name, email, and phone number, and then click Next.
  5. Fill in your quota request, and then click Done.
  6. Submit your request.

Resource availability

Each quota represents a maximum number for a particular type of resource that you can create, provided that resource is available. It's important to note that quotas do not guarantee resource availability. Even if you have available quota, you won't be able to create a new resource if it is not available.

For example, you might have sufficient quota to create a new regional, external IP address in the us-central1 region, but that would not be possible if there were no available external IP addresses in that region. Zonal resource availability can also affect your ability to create a new resource.

Situations where resources are unavailable in an entire region are rare; however, resources within a zone can be depleted from time to time, typically without impact to the service level agreement (SLA) for the type of resource. For more information, review the relevant SLA for the resource.