Microsoft® Azure™ ExpressRoute Your Private Connection to Azure

Efficient and scalable cloud consumption with Improved Security and Reduced Costs.

Treat Azure instances as part of your data center LAN, allowing full integration between cloud services and your internal applications.

Azure ExpressRoute provides organizations a private, dedicated, high-throughput network connection between Microsoft Azure datacenters and their on-premises IT environment. ExpressRoute connections bypass the public Internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security. ExpressRoute connections that transfer data between on-premises and Azure can also yield significant cost benefits.

Microsoft Azure’s ExpressRoute is the next generation of interconnection from Equinix & Microsoft. Equinix Interconnection Fabric allows Equinix customers to connect their corporate IT infrastructure directly to Azure Services through a secure, private, virtual connection.


  • With Equinix Private Access and Azure ExpressRoute, you can treat Azure instances as part of your data center LAN, allowing full integration between cloud services and your internal applications.
  • Equinix private access enables Windows Azure to deliver the unique capabilities of hybrid cloud:
    • Application services, for testing, production, identity management to mobile services
    • Data services like storage, databases to back-up and recovery services and
    • Infrastructure services, ranging from virtual machines, virtual networks, VPNs to traffic management
  • Seamless automated provisioning using integrated API capacilities allows customers to set-up virtual connectivity and Azure services near real-time
  • Equinix customers can choose among a range of connection speeds:
    • Fiber-optic cross connects that provide either 1- or 10-gigabits-per-second connections
    • Virtual connections via the Equinix Ethernet Exchange in a scalable range, including 200M, 500M, or 1G virtual connections over 1G/10G ports
  • Redundant and diverse interconnectivity paths to and from the Azure cloud provides true reliability

How Do I Get Started?

Windows Azure ExpressRoute is currently available in Public Preview at Equinix. If you would like to be considered for this early adopter program, contact your account manager or use the Contact Me button below and an Equinix representative with be in touch to discuss your needs.

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Equinix Success Stories

NetApp and Microsoft Azure
Leveraging Equinix’s Cloud Exchange™, companies using NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure can achieve up to 36% better performance by accessing both providers from Equinix’s data centers.
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Press Releases

April 22, 2014
Equinix to Make Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Available through Data Centers in 16 Markets Globally
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October 7, 2013
Windows Azure Connections Enabled at Equinix Data Centers
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Blog Post

July 15, 2014
Clouds in Equinix: Accelera Lowers Cloud Cost Barriers with Equinix and Azure
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May 12, 2014
Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available In Equinix Data Centers; Customers Tap Benefits to Deliver Hybrid Cloud Solutions
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April 22, 2014
Exciting Time to be an Enterprise CIO: Microsoft and Equinix are changing the Game
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February 20, 2014
Microsoft, Equinix Offering Direct Connections to Windows Azure Inside IBX Data Centers
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Global Launch Locations

ExpressRoute is launching in these 16 global Equinix locations:

Dallas – June 11, 2014
Washington, D.C. July 14, 2014
London – September 18, 2014

Q 3 2014
Silicon Valley
New York
Los Angeles

Q4 2014
Hong Kong
Sao Paulo