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Equinix Cloud Exchange ‘ExpressRoutes’ Office 365 via Azure Featured


Global interconnect and data centre company Equinix will offer direct access to Office 365 via Azure ExpressRoute and Equinix Cloud Exchange from Q3 2015.

In Q3 2015, Equinix will switch on dedicated network connectivity to Office 365 via Azure and Equinix’s Cloud Exchange so that enterprise customers get greater performance and reliability - and it will happen in 15 markets worldwide across six countries.

In alphabetical order, these markets are Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Osaka, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

Equinix notes that, given the fact many business apps are migrating to a cloud-delivery model, it’s no surprise that enterprise customers want cloud connectivity that’s more consistent and reliable than the public Internet.

Naturally, Equinix’s robust connectivity and data centres are up to the task of giving enterprise customers they speed they need so that bandwidth and latency sensitivity aren’t an issue.

By providing private, secure access to Office 365, Equinix says that it ensures its enterprise customers ‘will achieve predictable network performance, the ability to better manage network availability and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.’

On top of that, when connecting to Office 365 via Azure ExpressRoute at Equinix, businesses will ‘gain additional assurance of privacy with the ability to bypass the public Internet.’

Equinix’s partnership with Microsoft first launched in April 2014, just over a year ago, with Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute now available in those 15 aforementioned markets.

Equinix quotes a recent Forrester report entitled “Beware the Pitfalls Within Networking for Hybrid Cloud,” which states that ‘the end-user experience should be a company’s top priority when considering cloud connectivity options for business productivity applications.’

Unsurprisingly, Equinix and Microsoft say they are enabling the enterprise to use its existing MPLS or wide area network (WAN) infrastructure to get high speed, secure access to Office 365, thus ensuring a better end-user experience.

In addition, we’re told there’s an another benefit: if companies access Azure ExpressRoute through Equinix Cloud Exchange, they can dynamically manage and allocate their bandwidth requirement, ensuring that specific applications get the priority they need to deliver the performance required – across a single port.

Chris Sharp, Equinix’s VP of cloud innovation said: “By offering direct access to Office 365 on Cloud Exchange, we are helping our enterprise customers get the most out of their cloud investments.

“Private access to Office 365 results in lower latency and higher performing connections, thus providing business grade performance and the end-user experiences that enterprises are demanding with their adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.”

Mike Schutz, Microsoft’s GM of cloud platform said: “Office 365 customers have been asking for direct connectivity to Office 365 since Azure ExpressRoute launched last year, and we’re pleased that Equinix will be among the first to offer it through Cloud Exchange.

“With network performance as predictable as a customer’s own on-premises environment, ExpressRoute for Office 365 is like having the full Office 365 productivity solution in your own datacenter. It is a great option for organisations that require premium, managed connectivity to their productivity services.”

So, if your company or enterprise needs much faster cloud-based access to Office 365, Equinix and Microsoft’s solution will be switched on and delivered from the next couple of months onwards.

Equinix’s blog post on the announcement can be read here

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