Cogeco Peer 1, a global provider of colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed services headquartered in Canada, is adding Managed Microsoft Azure Services to its global cloud portfolio, allowing customers to select from a fully customizable list of Azure expertise and scalable services.

As a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner, Cogeco Peer 1‘s range of Microsoft Azure services now span the complete journey to the Azure cloud platform, encompassing solution design/build, migration, ongoing management and connectivity. Each service can be accessed independently, bringing choice and flexibility to customers.

“With the addition of Managed Microsoft Azure Services, Cogeco Peer 1 is offering customers flexible, customizable solutions that enable them to unlock the full potential of Azure to accelerate their enterprise transformation,” said Bertrand Labelle, Vice President Marketing and Innovation, Cogeco Peer 1. “These services will power the potential of businesses looking to simplify their journey to the cloud and optimize their investment in Azure. They will benefit from a secured, monitored and optimized Azure environment entirely designed for their specific business needs and managed by our team of experts. This is about optimizing return on investment for customers who don’t always have the expertise or capacity to take full advantage of the power of Azure.”

Cloud Connect for Azure ExpressRoute

As a Microsoft Connectivity provider, Cogeco Peer 1’s expertise extends beyond Azure management to connectivity. Through the Cloud Connect for Azure ExpressRoute service, customers would be able to benefit from a dedicated, highly secured connection between their existing infrastructure and Azure, allowing them to access “network performance to match the power of Azure.”

“We are pleased to see Cogeco Peer 1’s commitment to Microsoft Azure,” said Andrea Carl, Director, Commercial Communications, Microsoft. “Cogeco Peer 1 benefits from the productivity, intelligence and hybrid capabilities of Azure, supporting our mutual customers in their cloud journey.”

Cogeco Peer 1 Managed Microsoft Azure provides help relating to the day-to-day operational management of infrastructure within the Azure Cloud. The service would include best practice advice as well as the following features:

Configuration Assistance and Technical Support

  • For supported features in the Azure portal and on virtual machines

Network Services

  • Azure Virtual Networks
  • Azure VPN Gateways
  • Azure Network Security Groups
  • Azure Load Balancers
  • Azure ExpressRoute

Azure SQL Database (Cloud database as a service)

Virtual Machines and Scale Sets

  • Automatic Operating System security updates and patches
  • Anti-Malware security service for Windows
  • Monitoring of Virtual Machine availability with response for alerts
  • Managed Backup service