SEACOM partners Microsoft to deliver faster connectivity to Azure data centres

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that sees it become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner.

ExpressRoute connections offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical public Internet connections because they don’t run on the public Internet.

This all means SEACOM can offer its business customers affordable, dedicated Ethernet links between their own IT infrastructures and Microsoft’s Azure and Office365 data centres around the world.

This will particularly help African organisations that are migrating some or all of their business applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud – they will benefit from faster and more reliable connectivity with Microsoft’s Azure platform.

Microsoft does not yet have Azure data centres in Africa, as such a dedicated, high-quality connection to Azure services hosted in Europe or other parts of the world can ensure a smoother, faster experience for the end-user.

“By offering our customer dedicated links to the Azure infrastructure, we will help them enjoy high throughput and fast latencies so they can benefit from the scale and economics of the public cloud without having to compromise on network performance,” said Robert Marston, Global Head of Product at SEACOM.

He added, “Because we can control the infrastructure from the last kilometre of the fibre to our many points of presence in the world’s largest Internet traffic exchange points, we can ensure our clients use Azure as naturally as if it was an extension of their own IT infrastructure.”

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