Azure Peering Service is now generally available
Published date: 19 May, 2020
Peering Service is a networking capability that enhances customer connectivity to Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics 365, software as a service (SaaS) services, Azure or any Microsoft services accessible via the public internet. Microsoft has partnered with internet service providers (ISPs), internet exchange partners (IXPs) and software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI) providers worldwide to provide reliable and high-performing public connectivity with optimal routing from the customer to the Microsoft network.
Enterprises looking for internet-first access to the cloud or considering SD-WAN architecture or with high usage of Microsoft SaaS services need robust and high-performing internet connectivity. Customers can work with their Telco/carrier to take advantage of Peering Service, which is now generally available.
Key customer features include:
- Best public routing (optimum route hops/AS hops) over the internet to Microsoft cloud services for optimal performance and reliability.
- Ability to select the preferred service provider to connect to the Microsoft cloud.
- Traffic insights such as latency reporting and prefix monitoring.
- Route analytics and statistics: Events for (BGP) route anomalies (leak or hijack detection) and suboptimal routing.
Microsoft announced the general availability of the Peering Service at the annual Microsoft Build conference for developers, 19th–21st May 2020. The preview of this service was previously announced in 2019.