Zayo is providing a dedicated connectivity to Office 365 through Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure ExpressRoute, enhancing its cloud capabilities for enterprise customers.
Being an Azure ExpressRoute partner, Zayo will give users up to 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to ExpressRoute ports, including direct connections to Microsoft Azure and Office 365.
Simplicity and quality of experience are key features of the offering.
Users can pay flat rate metro/Intercity pricing for connections at major ExpressRoute on-ramp locations in the U.S., including New York City, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, and Ashburn, VA., as well as in London, England.
In addition to providing security and predictable performance in the cloud, Zayo claims that the customer experience would be identical to having Office 365 on a customer's premises.
Providing a connection to Office 365 expands Zayo's Connect to Cloud capabilities, which provides secure, high-speed bandwidth that businesses can use to connect to more than 300 data centers, cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers.
Working with major cloud providers like Microsoft shows that Zayo is being flexible in how it lets its business customers bring their own cloud to the table. Leveraging its network of more than 500 data centers worldwide, Zayo also allows customers to connect to other cloud players like Amazon Web Services (AWS) (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Softlayer.
Zayo is hardly alone in being able to provide direct connections to Microsoft and other third-party cloud providers. AT&T (NYSE: T) and Level 3 provide similar options for customers to connect to the third-party cloud providers.
With its NetBond technology, AT&T is helping its VPN customers connect to cloud providers by bonding networking and computing resources together. During the past year, the telco has established direct access relationships with a number of cloud providers including CSC, IBM and Microsoft.
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