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Announcing first network partners to offer ExpressRoute for Office 365

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Editor’s note 6/6/2016:
Please review our guidance on network connectivity for Office 365 including specific scenarios where ExpressRoute for Office 365 is recommended.

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Datacenter and Networking on the Office 365 team.

In March we announced Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365, which enables Office 365 customers to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365 for highly predictable performance and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.

A key part of delivering ExpressRoute for Office 365 are the network partners that provide connectivity between Office 365 services and your on-premises network. Network Service Providers manage and extend the customer’s WAN, routing it for direct connectivity to Office 365 and Azure services. Exchange Providers offer connectivity at the carrier neutral facilities where ExpressRoute is available. You can have a layer 3 connection directly at the carrier neutral facilities into your network equipment or contract another network company to provide a link to your premises.

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch partners that will first offer this service, starting this summer.

  • AT&T will offer ExpressRoute for Office 365 as a Network Service Provider via AT&T NetBond at Microsoft Office 365 locations including Dallas, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.
  • BT will offer ExpressRoute for Office 365 as a Network Service Provider at all of their available global locations including Amsterdam and London.
  • Equinix will offer ExpressRoute for Office 365 as an Exchange Provider at all of their available ExpressRoute locations including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington DC.

Additional ExpressRoute network providers will add Office 365 to their service offerings in the months following initial general availability. All Azure ExpressRoute partners are listed here. And you can learn more about Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 here.

—Paul Andrew, @pndrw