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Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute launches in Perth
Wed, 23rd Jan 2019
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NEXTDC has announced Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute will be made available at their P1 Perth data center from January 2019, offering customers direct connections to Microsoft Azure cloud.

This new ExpressRoute location will offer Perth organisations a direct and private connection to their Microsoft cloud services, including Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

The introduction of this ExpressRoute location is an important step forward for the West Australian economy, providing Government and Enterprise with critical cloud access that will enable them to optimise their IT infrastructure in a highly secure environment, delivering their organisations with vital connectivity and geo-redundancy for their critical service with the added assurance of a redundant backup connection.

NEXTDC customers will be able to connect to ExpressRoute directly via the AXON virtual connectivity platform from P1 Perth. The ExpressRoute service can also be accessed at NEXTDC's P2 connectivity microsite located in East Perth on the CBD fringe from early 2019.

The AXON platform enables connectivity to national and international cloud providers and the introduction of the P1 ExpressRoute service will help support customers seeking to build hybrid cloud applications that live in-house and in Azure, allowing them to selectively route traffic via a private connection.

NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie says, “NEXTDC are committed to providing the fastest and most reliable connections to the world's leading cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure. We bring the cloud to our customers, and in doing so we help our customers adopt new technology at pace, at reduced costs and with significantly improved performance.

“Colocating in our highly connected data centers enables WA businesses to evolve their business strategies at the speed of thought, rapidly leveraging new digital infrastructure in this era of pay-as-you-go services

The introduction of this new ExpressRoute location will offer WA organisations greater flexibility and choice for their connectivity services between Azure data centers and their in-house infrastructure, as well as much needed connectivity capability to metro, national and international links like the Indigo Submarine cable that connects to P2 Perth.

P1 Perth is NEXTDC's second peering point to support Microsoft ExpressRoute, following the M1 Melbourne data center. P1 is also one of the only data centers in WA to provide customers with direct access to their Microsoft cloud services.