EdgeConneX®, a specialist in Edge Data Centers, streamlined the path for customers in Arizona to connect to Microsoft cloud services by offering the Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service in its Phoenix Edge Data Center® (EDC). Azure ExpressRoute allows users to create private connections between their IT deployments and Microsoft’s global data centers.
EdgeConneX serves the Phoenix metropolitan area from the EDC, located near the Arizona State University Campus in Tempe, less than 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The EDC location was designed to provide a secure co-location facility for customers in order to deliver content and applications to local-market end-users – with the lowest possible latency.
The Phoenix EDC is carrier-neutral and projected to act as a direct edge cloud on-ramp node from which customers can establish secure, scalable and affordable links to Microsoft services, including Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365.
“The Phoenix metropolitan area has one of the fastest growing populations in the country, which in turn is attracting many new and established enterprise and technology companies to establish large front and back-office operations, call centers and distribution hubs in the area,” says Aron Smith, Vice President for Interconnection Product Management at EdgeConneX. “By providing these companies local private access to the Cloud in Phoenix via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute at EdgeConneX, customers can enjoy all the benefits of the Cloud with a secure, dedicated and local access solution that simultaneously optimizes performance and reduces costs.”
Ross Ortega, Partner Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp. said, “Manageability and network performance are often the largest inhibitors to cloud adoption or migrations. Through Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute sites like the one at the EdgeConneX Phoenix data center, we help enhance the performance and user experience for local enterprises accessing cloud applications, content, or services on the Microsoft global network.”
With the new Azure ExpressRoute site now available in Phoenix, customers already located in the local EdgeConneX data center can order a cross connect to privately access Microsoft cloud services available through the global Azure platform. All other enterprises located in the greater Phoenix area can also connect to the local Azure ExpressRoute site by using metro ethernet solutions offered by their local carrier to connect back to the EdgeConneX data center. They can also use other ExpressRoute partners offering connectivity to the Phoenix site.