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    May 2019

    6 May

    Azure ExpressRoute is generally available in eight additional locations

    Azure ExpressRoute lets you extend your on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection facilitated by a connectivity provider. The ExpressRoute footprint is expanding to eight new locations.

    6 May

    Azure VMware Solutions is now generally available

    Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure with Azure VMware Solutions. This new category of Azure services, now available to the public, allows you to deploy your VMware-based applications on a dedicated and bare metal infrastructure in Azure.

    April 2019

    17 Apr

    ExpressRoute Global Reach is now available

    Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach allows customers to connect their on-premises networks via the ExpressRoute service through the Microsoft global network.

    17 Apr

    ExpressRoute Direct is now available

    ExpressRoute Direct lets you use the functionality of ExpressRoute and connect directly to the global Microsoft backbone at 100 Gbps.

    March 2019

    26 Mar

    ExpressRoute Resource GUID name change from “Port” to “Direct”

    On 1 May 2019, the resource GUID names of ExpressRoute will change from “Port” to “Direct”.

    February 2019

    12 Feb

    ExpressRoute to VNet Gateway resource GUID name changes

    From 22 February 2019, the resource GUID names for ExpressRoute Gateway will change.

    September 2018

    24 Sep

    Azure Virtual WAN now generally available

    Azure Virtual WAN provides a simple, unified, global connectivity and security platform to allow the deployment large scale branch infrastructure. ExpressRoute provides private connectivity into the Microsoft global network.

    24 Sep

    Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach

    Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach allows you to connect your on-premises networks via the ExpressRoute service through Microsoft’s global network.

    24 Sep

    ExpressRoute Direct in preview

    ExpressRoute Direct allows customers to use the functionality of ExpressRoute and connect directly to the global Microsoft backbone at 100 Gbps. This enables customers who have scenarios such as massive data ingestion to storage, physical isolation, dedicated capacity and burst capacity, to take advantage of Microsoft’s global backbone to access Azure regions at tremendous scale. This is backed with the enterprise-grade 99.95 per cent SLA for port pair availability.

    24 Sep

    Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways generally available

    Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways are now generally available. This physically and logically separates them across different availability zones, protecting your on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures. Additionally, we have made fundamental performance improvements including reducing the deployment time to create a virtual network gateway.

    April 2018

    3 Apr

    Microsoft peering on ExpressRoute Standard SKU now available

    Microsoft peering with route filters is now available for Azure ExpressRoute Standard SKU.

    March 2018

    22 Mar

    General availability: Disable BGP route propagation for virtual network routes

    If you’re connecting your virtual network using Azure ExpressRoute or VPN gateways, you can disable routing through BGP by simply adding a property in your route tables.

    October 2017

    2 Oct

    Azure networking available only in the Azure portal from October 4

    Azure Networking features will be available only in the Azure portal from October 4th, 2017. Networking related feature support from the classic Portal will be deprecated starting October 4th.

    October 2016

    14 Oct

    General availability: UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute

    UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of HighPerformance Gateway.

    July 2016

    13 Jul

    General availability: Azure ExpressRoute in additional locations

    The Azure ExpressRoute footprint is expanding to Paris, Newport/Wales, and Quebec City.

    April 2016

    4 Apr

    New offer for customers who use ExpressRoute for Office 365 traffic

    Azure ExpressRoute Premium tier has three distinct advantages over the non-Premium version of the service: global connectivity, a larger number of virtual networks, and a larger number of routes (private and public peering).

    March 2016

    8 Mar

    October 2015

    7 Oct

    Support for IaaS under Azure Resource Manager in Australia and Brazil regions

    Support is available for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.

    7 Oct

    Support for IaaS under Azure Resource Manager in Australia and Brazil regions

    Announcing support for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage Providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.

    6 Oct

    ARM support for ExpressRoute available in all regions

    Azure Resource Manager support for ExpressRoute is available in all regions.

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