Global colocation data center provider Equinix has announced the availability of private connectivity to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute cloud services at its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in the Miami and Paris markets.
Effective immediately, customers in the Miami and Paris metros can access Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute directly at all available speeds – the same private cloud connectivity service that Equinix currently offers for Azure ExpressRoute in 20 other markets globally. Direct access to a cloud onramp via an edge node would be an effective means to ensure network performance, reliability and optimal cost efficiency.
Current metro areas where Microsoft has deployed other Azure ExpressRoute locations with Equinix include: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, New York, Osaka, Paris, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.
“Since 2014, our collaboration with Equinix has allowed us to provide customers with the high-level interconnection and predictable global access they need to architect and deploy their hybrid clouds with a globally consistent experience,” said Ross Ortega, Partner PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Networking, Microsoft. “We are pleased to expand our Equinix relationship with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute available in Miami and Paris, allowing more businesses in these growing markets to access these services through the Equinix interconnection and data center platform.”
Equinix has been a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform provider since June 2017. The designation would recognize the company’s ongoing commitment to helping enterprise customers worldwide achieve “seamless”, on-demand access to Azure and Microsoft Office 365.
Equinix customers in other metros can also remotely access Azure ExpressRoute via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), an on-demand platform that would enable Equinix customers to discover and dynamically connect to any other customer across any Equinix location globally through an “easy-to-use” portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform.
“In today’s global digital economy, interconnecting with digital services and customers at the edge – in multiple and often distant locations – is critical,” said Bob Breynaert, Global Managing Director, Strategic Alliances, Equinix. “By expanding our collaboration with Microsoft to bring Azure ExpressRoute to Equinix IBX data centers in more than 20 metros globally, we’re increasing the value of Platform Equinix as the location where cloud connectivity happens.”
Azure ExpressRoute has also published a VIDEO, which can be found here on the HostingJournalist.com platform. It explains how to create a connection between a VPN Gateway and ExpressRoute circuit.