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    September 2019

    Sep 12

    New Azure ExpressRoute sites now available

    Announcing three new ExpressRoute meet-me sites in Europe.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services

    July 2019

    Jul 24

    VNet Gateway Standard and High Performance Resource GUID changes

    Effective September 1, 2019, the resource GUIDs (also known as meter IDs) for Virtual Network Gateway standard and high performance will change.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services
    Jul 1

    Azure Cosmos DB ExpressRoute BGP Community now available

    We are now announcing the addition of the Azure Cosmos DB community on ExpressRoute, which will allow for regional advertisements of Azure Cosmos DB.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Storage Accounts
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    June 2019

    Jun 18

    ExpressRoute now supports up to 4 circuits from the same peering location into the VNet

    You can now connect up to 4 circuits in a peering location to the same ExpressRoute virtual network gateway.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Virtual Network
    • Features

    May 2019

    May 6

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services
    May 6

    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.

    • Azure Resource Manager
    • Azure Migrate
    • ExpressRoute
    • Virtual Machines
    • Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances
    • Microsoft Build
    • Services

    April 2019

    Apr 17

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services
    Apr 17

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services

    March 2019

    Mar 26

    ExpressRoute Resource GUID name change from "Port" to "Direct"

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

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services

    February 2019

    Feb 12

    ExpressRoute to VNet Gateway resource GUID name changes

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

    • ExpressRoute
    • Services

    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.

    • Virtual WAN
    • ExpressRoute
    • Virtual Network
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Services
    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Services
    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Services
    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.

    • VPN Gateway
    • ExpressRoute
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Services

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Features

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Virtual Network
    • VPN Gateway
    • Features

    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.

    • Network Watcher
    • ExpressRoute
    • Load Balancer
    • Virtual Network
    • VPN Gateway
    • Application Gateway
    • Features

    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.

    • ExpressRoute
    • VPN Gateway
    • Pricing & Offerings

    July 2016

    Jul 13

    General availability: Azure ExpressRoute in additional locations

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

    • ExpressRoute
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services

    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).

    • ExpressRoute
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

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