A Better Route to Azure: How ExpressRoute connectivity partner Megaport brings value to Microsoft and the entire partner ecosystem
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Azure ExpressRoute is a service that enables customers to create private connections between Azure datacenters and their on-premise infrastructure or colocation environment. As Azure ExpressRoute connections are direct, they don’t rely on public internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds and lower latencies than what is achievable over a typical internet connection. In many cases, using Azure ExpressRoute connections can enable customers to realize significant cost-saving benefits.
For a customer to realize the benefits Azure ExpressRoute can provide, they need to work with an ExpressRoute connectivity provider to facilitate the connection. Australian partner Megaport is one of the most accomplished ExpressRoute partners in the world, supporting 18 ExpressRoute locations across the globe.
Founded in 2013 by founder and Executive Chairman Bevan Slattery, Megaport was the world’s first SDN-based Elastic Interconnection platform designed to provide a secure, seamless, and on-demand way for enterprises, networks, and services to interconnect.
Throughout his business ventures as a tech entrepreneur, Slattery discovered a key problem with provisioning connections between datacenters and external services. Having built one of Australia’s leading datacenter facilities, Slattery wanted consistent connectivity with services that didn’t have infrastructure within his facility. He aimed to optimize the provisioning process, and contractual process, making connectivity options broader, simpler, and far more streamlined. Ultimately, he found himself asking the question, “How can I do this simply from my phone?” From this idea, Megaport was formed.
“For the last three years, we have rapidly expanded our network and one of the biggest values of Megaport is the ability to provision service to Azure specifically from any location to any Azure region in less than a couple of minutes. Our business model complements the cloud business model: no lock-in contracts, pay-as-you-go services, and you only pay for what you need.” – Matt Simpson, Director of Global Cloud Strategy, Megaport.