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Azure ExpressRoute

Experience a fast, reliable, and private connection to Azure

  • Private cloud connections to Azure
  • Increased reliability and speed
  • Consistent latency
  • Support for bandwidth up to 100 Gbps
  • Direct connection to your WAN
  • Bridge between on-premises networks using the Microsoft global network
  • Support for IPv6 workloads
  • Physical link encryption with MACsec

Make your cloud connections fast, reliable, and private

Use Azure ExpressRoute to create private connections between Azure datacentres and infrastructure on premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections don't route through the public internet, and they offer more reliability, faster speed, and lower latency than typical internet connections. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Azure gives you significant cost benefits.

Use a virtual private cloud for storage, back up, and recovery

ExpressRoute provides a fast and reliable connection to Azure with bandwidths up to 100 Gbps, which makes it an excellent and cost-effective option for scenarios like periodic data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies.

Extend and connect your datacentres

With high throughput and low latency, Azure ExpressRoute offers a natural extension to or between your datacentres. Enjoy the scale and economics of the public cloud without compromising network performance.

Build hybrid applications

Using the predictable, reliable, and high-throughput connections offered by ExpressRoute, build applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising privacy or performance. For example, run a corporate intranet application in Azure that authenticates your customers with an on-premises Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) service and serves them without routing traffic through the public internet.

Establish private connectivity to Microsoft with Azure ExpressRoute services

Azure ExpressRoute

Extend your on-premises networks to the Microsoft cloud over a private connection with the help of a connectivity provider.

ExpressRoute connections don’t route through the public internet, providing users with more reliability, faster speeds, consistent latency, and higher security.

Azure ExpressRoute Direct

Connect directly to the Microsoft global network. Dedicated dual capacity is available in 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps

ExpressRoute Direct provides massive data ingestion into services like Cosmos DB, physical isolation for regulated industries, and control of circuit distribution by business unit.

Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach

Link circuits together for a private connection between your on-premises networks.

If you have multiple circuits linking your branch offices to Microsoft, establish Global Reach connections that allow them to exchange data directly.

ExpressRoute circuits and gateways

An ExpressRoute circuit represents a logical connection between your on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft cloud services, and it's deployed with either a connectivity provider or ExpressRoute Direct. You'll need to use an ExpressRoute circuit with any combination of ExpressRoute offerings.

An ExpressRoute virtual network gateway helps to exchange IP routes between your Azure and on-premises networks and to route network traffic. To connect to virtual networks in Azure with ExpressRoute, you'll need to create a virtual network gateway.

Azure ExpressRoute pricing

  • No upfront cost
  • No termination fees
  • Pay for only what you use

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Customers are doing great things with ExpressRoute

ExpressRoute connectivity partners

AIS
Alaska Communications
Aryaka
ATT
BT
CenturyLink
China Telecom
Cologix
Colt
Comcast Business
CoreSite
Epsilon
Equinix
e-shelter
eunetworks
Global Cloud Xchange
Intelsat
InterCloud
Interxion
Kinx
SES
Viasat

Everything you need to get started

Get instant access and a $200 credit by signing up for an Azure free account.

Learn how to use ExpressRoute with quickstarts, tutorials, and documentation.

Enhance ExpressRoute with additional features and products like security and back up services.

Azure ExpressRoute resources

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