SingTel and TelecityGroup will provide secure and private direct connections into Microsoft’s Azure public cloud solution, as announced at TechEd 2014.
The companies, along with AT&T, BT, Equinix, Level3 and Verizon, allow customers to connect Azure and on-premise technologies through the new Azure ExpressRoute offering.
Previously, businesses could only use the internet to access Azure, but ExpressRoute (codenamed Golden Gate) allows users to access private and dedicated network connections that don't use the internet.
SingTel will first roll out Microsoft’s private networking service to the Singapore and Asia markets before replicating this network arrangement in Australia to serve the markets in Oceania.
SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching virtual private network will integrate directly with ExpressRoute.
“Through this strategic alliance with SingTel, we can lower the barriers to entry for cloud computing by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for our joint customers in Asia Pacific,” commented Steven Martin, general manager of Microsoft Azure.
TelecityGroup will also provide Azure ExpressRoute in 37 of its locations across Europe through its Cloud-IX networking platform.
Low-latency connections will be available in locations where Microsoft co-locates its ExpressRoute access points within TelecityGroup’s data centres.
The company says that through the avoidance of a connection to the public internet, Azure ExpressRoute via Cloud-IX will offer increased reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security compared to other connections over the internet.
Martin said: “Our expansion into TelecityGroup’s data centres via ExpressRoute is an important step, enabling customers to more easily execute scalable hybrid cloud deployments.”
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