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September 2018

Sep 24

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.

Sep 24

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.

Sep 24

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 like 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 percent SLA for port pair availability.

Sep 24

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

Apr 3

Microsoft peering on ExpressRoute Standard SKU now available

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

March 2018

Mar 22

General availability: Disable BGP route propagation for virtual network routes

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

October 2017

Oct 2

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

Oct 14

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

Jul 13

General availability: Azure ExpressRoute in additional locations

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

April 2016

Apr 4

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

Mar 8

October 2015

Oct 7

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.

Oct 7

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.

Oct 6

ARM support for ExpressRoute available in all regions

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

Oct 2

New data plans for Azure ExpressRoute

Azure ExpressRoute service connections have two new data plans. You can choose between unlimited or metered plans based on your usage.

September 2015

Sep 29

ARM support for ExpressRoute available in Brazil South region

ARM support for ExpressRoute is available in the Brazil South region.

Sep 29

Office 365, Azure Government Cloud, Resource Manager templates, simplified billing

Announcing updates to Office 365, Azure Government Cloud, Resource Manager templates, and simplified billing.

May 2015

May 4

General availability: Azure ExpressRoute Premium add-on package

For Azure ExpressRoute customers who require a large number of Border Gateway Protocol routes, global connectivity, or more Azure virtual network links per circuit, we’ve introduced the ExpressRoute Premium add-on package.

December 2014

Dec 11

Azure ExpressRoute available in Brazil South

Azure ExpressRoute is available in the Brazil South region.

Dec 11

Data and price changes in 10 Gbps ExpressRoute Exchange Provider

We’ve changed the amount of egress data included in the 10 Gbps ExpressRoute Exchange Provider and reduced the price of 10 Gbps connections.

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