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The Future of Interconnection: Innovations and Trends in Cloud Connectivity with Microsoft Azure Peering Service

Authored by: Sudhir Kunder, Chief Business Officer, DE-CIX India

In today’s digital age, where businesses increasingly rely on cloud computing and connectivity to drive innovation and productivity, the role of robust interconnection solutions cannot be overstated. As cloud adoption continues to soar, enterprises are seeking faster, more reliable, and more secure ways to connect to cloud services, particularly those offered by industry giants like Microsoft Azure. Among the array of solutions emerging to meet this demand, Microsoft Azure Peering Service stands out as a game-changer, offering unparalleled benefits for businesses looking to optimise their cloud connectivity.

The Microsoft Azure Peering Service is a networking service designed to enhance connectivity between an organisation’s on-premises network and Microsoft’s global network. By leveraging partnerships with Interconnection Platforms, Azure Peering Service offers Direct, Reliable, and Low-Latency connections to Microsoft Cloud Services, including Azure Cloud , Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365.

Key Innovations Driving Cloud Connectivity
  • Enhanced Performance and Reliability

With the Azure Peering Service, businesses can enjoy improved performance and reliability by bypassing the public internet and connecting directly to Microsoft’s global network. This direct connection minimises latency and improves it by 90%, packet loss, and jitter, resulting in a smoother and more responsive user experience for mission-critical applications and services with a 50% reduction in trouble tickets.

  • Optimal Routing and Traffic Optimisation

Azure Peering Service employs routing algorithms to optimise traffic flow, ensuring that data packets take the most efficient path between the customer’s network and Microsoft’s services. By dynamically selecting the best route based on network conditions, congestion levels, and other factors, Azure Peering Service maximises performance while minimising latency and bandwidth utilisation.

  • Enhanced Security and Compliance

Security is paramount in the cloud era, and the Azure Peering Service offers robust security features to safeguard data in transit. By encrypting traffic using industry-standard protocols like IPsec and TLS, the Azure Peering Service ensures that data remains confidential and protected from interception or tampering. Moreover, the Azure Peering Service adheres to industry compliance standards, helping businesses meet regulatory requirements and maintain data sovereignty.

Why MAPS

  • Guaranteed high-performance connectivity with the lowest possible latency.
  • A guaranteed DDoS-free connection even for the smallest bandwidths.
  • Binding SLAs are supported by Microsoft.

Carrier-grade interconnection service specifically designed for enterprises

Interconnection Platforms offers direct access to the Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS). The service provides highly reliable and optimised Internet connectivity to Microsoft’s cloud services, such as Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office 365), and improves the user experience by offering the shortest network path from your premises to the nearest edge PoP in the Microsoft network.

Latency optimisation and traffic monitoring

With MAPS, Microsoft customers get qualified validation of the prefix and feedback on whether the correct edge location has been assigned.

The Interconnection Platform infrastructure setup for Microsoft is locally redundant and supports failover across multiple locations (geo-redundancy). This guarantees high-performance connectivity with the lowest possible latency. In addition, you can take advantage of Internet latency telemetry and route monitoring, getting alerts for hijacks, leaks, and any other Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) misconfigurations.

No minimum bandwidth required

No minimum bandwidth is required to benefit from the Microsoft Azure Peering Service via the Interconnection Platform but you do need a public ASN (Autonomous System Number) to participate.

As businesses continue to embrace the cloud and prioritise digital transformation, the demand for fast, reliable, and secure connectivity solutions will only grow. Microsoft Azure Peering Service, with its innovative features and global reach, is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of cloud connectivity, enabling enterprises to accelerate their journey to the cloud with confidence and efficiency. By leveraging the power of Azure Peering Service, businesses can unlock new opportunities, drive innovation, and stay ahead in today’s dynamic and competitive landscape.

In the current connectivity scenario, customers often access the Microsoft SaaS Platform via the Open Internet, exposing them to a myriad of risks. These include not only the threat of IP hijacks, latency challenges, and frequent trouble tickets but also susceptibility to data breaches, security vulnerabilities, and potential performance bottlenecks.

In conclusion, Microsoft Azure Peering Service is driving innovation in cloud connectivity by providing businesses with a Scalable, Reliable, and Secure solution to optimise their connectivity to Microsoft Cloud Services. With its advanced routing capabilities, enhanced security features, and seamless integration with other Microsoft networking services, Azure Peering Service is helping organisations unlock the full potential of the cloud and stay ahead in today’s digital economy.

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