Microsoft’s customers are now able to use private internet connections with the company’s UK data centers.
The Azure ExpressRoute combined with PSN/N3 Connectivity is just one of the new services Microsoft has unveiled since the company launched its Azure and Office 365 cloud offering in this country three months ago.
Since then, thousands of customers – including the Ministry of Defence, the Met Police and parts of the NHS – have signed up to take advantage of the sites, which offer UK data residency, security and reliability.
Microsoft has also announced the availability of a second ExpressRoute location in the UK – in Newport, Wales. This second location allows Azure customers to benefit from path diversity for High Availability and Disaster Recovery in their country.
Azure ExpressRoute lets you create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure on your premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections don’t go over the public Internet. They offer more reliability, faster speeds, and lower latencies, and higher security than typical Internet connections. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Azure can yield significant cost benefits.
With ExpressRoute, establish connections to Azure at an ExpressRoute location, such as an Exchange provider facility, or directly connect to Azure from your existing WAN network, such as a multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) VPN, provided by a network service provider.
If you would like more information on Express Route and how we have configured it for our customers, please get in contact with us.