NTT deploys Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute at Berlin 1 data centre

NTT’s Global Data Centres division has announced that the new global Microsoft Azure region, Germany North, will be accessible through an Azure ExpressRoute site at its Berlin 1 data centre.

Customers that use Azure ExpressRoute for direct access to Azure, can now bypass the public internet using a low-latency private ramp-up, which enables them to easily build up high-performance hybrid infrastructures.

“Clients are increasingly relying on the public clouds to run their business-critical workloads,” said Florian Winkler, CEO of the global data centres EMEA division of NTT Ltd.

“At the same time, they have a necessity to connect their private IT infrastructures in a secure and reliable way to these clouds. When using Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute directly from a data centre, enterprises can establish a hybrid infrastructure avoiding the pitfalls of the public internet. We are excited to be able to offer this functionality to our clients.”

In addition, the Azure ExpressRoute site is directly connected to Global Data Centre’s multi service interconnection platform. The platform is a carrier- and cloud-neutral network which connects the group’s data centre facilities in the EMEA region through a dedicated and redundant carrier grade infrastructure.

As a result, clients located in a data centre within Global Data Centre’s EMEA region can directly access the new Azure region over the interconnection platform, even if they do not have a presence in the Berlin 1 data centre.

“Network performance, guaranteed availability and secure access are required by enterprises that rely on Microsoft Azure for mission-critical workloads,” added Ross Ortega, partner PM, Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp.

“Global Data Centres’ access to Azure ExpressRoute will deliver the scalability, security and reliability demanded by enterprise customers. We look forward to working together and empowering our mutual customers to innovate and achieve more.”