CoreSite Realty Corporation, a US-based data center, cloud access, and interconnection service provider with a U.S. wide presence, has started direct fiber and virtual connectivity to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute at its Chicago-based campus. It will facilitate direct access to ExpressRoute for CoreSite customers and Microsoft connectivity partners and provide a direct connection to Microsoft’s global network.

Direct and private connectivity to cloud providers like Microsoft can be interesting for enterprises who want to deploy their hybrid and multi-cloud IT architectures.

With this Azure ExpressRoute on-net access, corporate clients and Microsoft connectivity partners can get direct connectivity to the global network of Microsoft.

This solution is designed to provide high-speed performance, improved security and economized data costs through its smart data consumption mechanism. For accessing Azure North Central US region, it will use Azure ExpressRoute Local to prevent data transit costs. The solution would also speed up workloads deployment in a hybrid cloud system.

DR and Business Continuity

The strategic pairing of Azure ExpressRoute with CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange and Inter-site services would better support disaster recovery and business continuity needs of the customers through uninterrupted fast network connectivity. Using an edge node for direct cloud onramp access would help economize costs while improving performance and reliability.

With CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, CoreSite’s data center customers can take advantage of express-speed integration of Azure ExpressRoute Chicago peering location. The on-demand interconnection capabilities of the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange would grant a dynamic connection between customers via an intuitive portal and a virtual connection.

Talking on this new connectivity solution, Steve Smith, CoreSite’s Chief Revenue Officer said “We are excited to offer our customers on-net availability and improved resiliency options to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in Chicago, in addition to the on-net ExpressRoute connectivity already available in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Denver, and Northern Virginia.

Direct and private connectivity to leading cloud providers like Microsoft is essential for enterprises to deploy their hybrid and multi-cloud IT architectures.”

Data Center Interconnection

Photo Steve Smith, Chief Revenue Officer at CoreSite
“Direct and private connectivity to leading cloud providers like Microsoft is essential for enterprises to deploy their hybrid and multi-cloud IT architectures,” said Steve Smith, Chief Revenue Officer at CoreSite.

Ross Ortega, Partner PM Manager, and Azure Networking at Microsoft said “Our collaboration with CoreSite provides customers with the high-level interconnection and predictable global access they need to meet their broad range of requirements. We are pleased to expand Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, allowing more businesses in these growing markets to access these services through the CoreSite interconnection and data center platform.”

CoreSite started its businesses by building CH2, a custom-built data center that supported 18 megawatts of critical IT draw in Chicago. The company completed Phase 1 during the year 2002 that included 56,000 square feet with a capacity of six megawatts. CoreSite is also associated with Illinois’ Data Center Investment Program that makes its customers eligible for a 10.25% tax incentive on purchasing equipment and software costs. CH2 shares the campus with CH1 as an interconnected entity which allows it to leverage the benefits of CH1.

CoreSite Realty Corporation is a provider of data center, interconnection, and cloud access solutions across eight key markets of North America. Its client base includes 1375 global enterprises and network/cloud providers, among others.

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