BT and Microsoft have signed a global agreement to provide customers with increased performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Windows Azure thanks to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.
Using a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service, Azure ExpressRoute allows customers to bypass the public internet when connecting to Azure. Customers will benefit from a hybrid IT environment which covers corporate networks, data centres and the Azure cloud platform.
BT’s IP Connect VPN service integrates the Windows Azure infrastructure with the wide area networks of customers. This provides users with lower latency, enhanced security for Azure workloads, and more predictable performance.
“IT departments everywhere face the same challenge; cloud offers them the benefits of flexibility and lower costs, but security and reliability of access to data and applications remain main barriers to adoption,” said Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services. “We will help customers build on their hybrid cloud strategies by bringing together BT’s expertise and global network with the Azure platform. They will benefit from a globally consistent, more secure and reliable solution, helping them innovate and compete in the global market.”
The service is set to go live this summer in Europe thorough direct network connectivity to Microsoft Azure data centres in Ireland and the Netherlands. Other global locations will follow soon after.
“Microsoft and BT have an established history of delivering cloud solutions that meet the evolving needs of business across many industries,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of the two companies joining forces to help customers embrace cloud on their terms, by providing a more secure and reliable way to take advantage of the speed, flexibility and scale of hybrid solutions.”
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