Microsoft Azure

Offering private, secure access across multiple EdgeConneX locations

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft has partnered with EdgeConneX to offer access to Azure ExpressRoute in multiple data center locations across North America. Microsoft’s ExpressRoute lets you extend your on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a dedicated private connection. With ExpressRoute, you can establish connection to Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365. The service connects directly to your WAN, offering improved speed and increased reliability, along with greater security as the public internet is completely bypassed. This solution, enabled by EdgeConneX and our networking partner Megaport, enables direct network links within the local data center, allowing virtual connections to be provisioned real time, on-demand, through the online portal or another network-connected device.

ExpressRoute is a network service, and provides a direct private connection into all Microsoft cloud platforms. By connecting through EdgeConneX and our partner Megaport, direct network links can be made locally within the EdgeConneX data center, enabling an end-to-end provisioned service all the way to the nearest ExpressRoute cloud on-ramp. This local connection eliminates the need for securing expensive long haul connectivity, reducing overall cost for privately connecting to the Azure Cloud.

 

ExpressRoute diagram

What are the Benefits?

Better Performance and Reliability

Connections to ExpressRoute are dedicated, offering consistent network performance, and not subject to traffic throughput issues often experienced when using public internet. This leads to better reliability from not only the underlying network and cloud platform, but also the applications as well.

Greater Control Over Costs

Using localized ExpressRoute connections help eliminate the need for expensive long haul transport services. In addition, using ExpressRoute often leads to significant cost benefits and lower overall TCO when transferring data to and from Azure.

Scalable

Once connected ExpressRoute through the EdgeConneX data center, bandwidths can be changed on-demand, allowing the flexibility needed to upgrade and downgrade connections as network demands warrant. This instant capacity management, enabled by the Megaport software platform, can be done anytime, on any device.

Improved Security

ExpressRoute provides a direct connection between your internal network and the Azure Cloud, completely bypassing the public Internet. This keeps your network traffic isolated from potential threats and helps eliminate other security concerns.

 

What is Megaport, and how does it help provide access to the ExpressRoute service?


Megaport is a software service controlling a global hardware infrastructure that supplies elastic bandwidth for virtual connections, all enabled through a web portal or mobile app, allowing full automation and service flexibility. EdgeConneX has partnered with Megaport in multiple Edge Data Centers to bring on-demand private cloud access to the edge, all leveraging their global network footprint.

Service Benefits

  • Automatic provisioning and deprovisioning of connections established to leading global cloud providers including the Microsoft cloud platforms
  • Multi-cloud access allows the ability to provision unlimited virtual connections to various cloud services on the fabric over a single port
  • Flexible contract terms are offered on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis
  • Total Network Management control is provided over iOS, Android, Windows, and any compliant web browser

Recent Resources

Edge Data Center – Munich

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Microsoft ExpressRoute Solution Brief

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Edge Data Center – Santa Clara

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Edge Data Center – Portland

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Edge Data Center – Phoenix

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Edge Data Center – Houston

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How to order ExpressRoute?


Steps for connecting to ExpressRoute from EdgeConneX data centers:

  1. Start by opening a Microsoft Azure account, and referencing all necessary next steps for service activation on the ExpressRoute website.
  2. Engage directly with EdgeConneX to start a connection request to ExpressRoute. Contact us at cloudaccess@edgeconnex.com for additional information.
  3. After all physical connections are in place, activate your virtual connections through the Megaport portal.
  4. Complete your end-to-end virtual interface with the Microsoft cloud.

 

For additional information regarding Azure ExpressRoute, go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/expressroute/.

For additional information regarding the Megaport service capabilities, go to https://www.megaport.com/.

For all other questions, contact us at cloudaccess@edgeconnex.com.