The news from Microsoft Azure cloud to provide another way to access the Microsoft’s technology is all around; it is now hooked with BT’s private fibre cables to ensure the security-focused organizations.
After the internet companies like Azure-rival Amazon panicked vulnerability in OpenSSL, compromising on the public connections, Redmond announced the addition of BT to its “Azure ExpressRoute” service on Wednesday.
The ExpressRoute avails customers a direct access to Azure either through the wide-area MPLS VPN networks or via dedicated private fiber in a multitude of data centers around the world. For companies having privacy a major concern this technology will prove to be very useful them as well as for those, looking to increase the reliability of their connections into and out of Azure data centers.
The scheme launched back in February had MPLS connectivity via AT&T and data center connectivity via a partnership between colo-king Equinix and transit-provider Level 3. An expansion to this has been done by Microsoft by adding support for BT’s IP Connect VPN Service which has coverage in “198 countries and territories,” according to BT.
Estimated to go live in mid-2014, BT said, with direct network connectivity to Azure data centers in Dublin and Amsterdam. Microsoft’s president of International, Jean-Philippe Courtois, said in a canned statement, “The flexibility this affords enterprises is to deploy some applications, infrastructure or data in the cloud as appropriate to their needs, with the ability to scale out quickly and cost effectively,”
He further added, “This means a business can benefit from a move to the cloud with additional infrastructure-based reassurances for more predictable performance, coupled with our already enterprise-grade security.”
Microsoft’s ExpressRoute service is designed to compete with Amazon’s “Direct Connect” service which uses companies like Equinix, TelecityGroup, Terremark, CoreSite and Eircom Clonshaugh to offer globe-spanning private connectivity into its cloud.