Feeds

Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

ExpressRoute expansion gives you more ways to access Azure on the hush hush

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology.

Redmond announced the addition of BT to its "Azure ExpressRoute" service on Wednesday against a background of worry as panicked internet companies, including Azure-rival Amazon, rushed to fix a vulnerability in OpenSSL that compromised public connections.

ExpressRoute gives customers direct access to Azure either via wide-area networks like an MPLS VPN, or through dedicated private fiber in a multitude of data centers around the world.

This is a useful technology for privacy-conscious companies and those that want to increase the reliability of their connections into and out of Azure data centers.

The scheme launched in February with MPLS connectivity via AT&T and data center connectivity via a partnership between colo-king Equinix and transit-provider Level 3. Microsoft has now expanded the scheme by adding in support for BT's IP Connect VPN Service which has coverage in "198 countries and territories," according to BT.

This will go live in mid-2014, BT said, with direct network connectivity to Azure from data centers in Dublin and Amsterdam.

"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," Microsoft's president of International, Jean-Philippe Courtois, said in a canned statement.

"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. Direct Connect launched in 2011. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.