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Azure Express Route & Colt

We make it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to your Microsoft Azure cloud through Azure Express Route.

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Secure and reliable connectivity to the Microsoft Azure Cloud

Establish private connectivity from your data centre, office or co-location environment to reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections. Under our Cloud Connect service, we can provide secure and reliable network connectivity between enterprise data centres or office locations and the Azure or Office 365 clouds through Microsoft's ExpressRoute service.

Colt is an Microsoft ExpressRoute Technology Partner, and we provide Ethernet (with an option managed router add-on) and IP VPN access to the Direct Connect private network access points. Your Direct Connect solution will be delivered in sync Azure Express Route - so you can enjoy it from the very first minute.

Your benefits at a glance:

Enhanced Security

The traffic between any enterprise site and ExpressRoute access Point of Presence is routed entirely across the Colt network, so that customers can be assured that their mission critical traffic is safe in our hands.

Better Resilience

Colt's award-winning network services are provided with a high degree of resilience. Moreover, customers have a number of enhanced configuration options for Disaster Recovery and High Availability purposes.

Faster Performance

Colt operates one of the lowest latency networks in Europe and Asia, so data is routed over the lowest-latency paths to the Microsoft cloud, to create the most seamless performance possible.

Predictable Experience

Making your traffic independent of the internet means that your customers and your business users can enjoy consistent performance from your apps, without drops in performance that are out of your control.

Faster and more secure networking

With our managed cloud services you get more choice than with just standard cloud connect: from a wide range of bandwidths, to several resilience and diversity options.

Get advice and help setting up the best, and most efficient, cloud network for your business with our dedicated, knowledgeable customer support team, with our 24/7 multilingual support facility which supports our service SLA. Our proposition is recognised every year by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) as industry-leading.

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On Demand Capability

Colt Dedicated Cloud Access service is also available On Demand to disrupt and transform the users experience. Thanks to SDN technology, our customers benefit from real-time ordering, provisioning and service flexing through a self-serving portal.

This includes a range of connectivity options that have been customised for better integration into the ExpressRoute, such as Point-to-Point Ethernet for customers who need to connect a single site, and IP-VPN for customers who want to share Azure access access across multiple sites.

Once you have put in place an ExpressRoute connection, you will be able to consume Azure cloud services and Office 365 across secure and reliable network connections.

Accessing the Microsoft Azure Cloud

Azure separates access points (“PoP”) from the Data Centres (“regions”) in which the services are housed.

Colt can provide direct fibre based connectivity into the majority of Azure PoPs in Europe and Asia Pacific, which simplifies speeds provisioning, and provides optimum traffic routes for customers.

Moreover, Colt addresses your business locations with connections into 212 cities globally. More than 27,500 direct fibre connected buildings and 900+ third party data centres. With Colt’s worldwide connectivity network, we ease the way to connect your network into the cloud.

To find out more about our presence in these locations, send us an email or chat to an advisor

Service Features

Our Managed cloud services include a range of connectivity options that have been customised for a better integration into the Azure Cloud.

Azure Express Route services are always made up of two parallel circuit paths.

It includes as well IP VPN for customers who want to share Azure access across multiple sites.

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The below table summarises the available services and bandwidths:

50 Mbps 50 Mbps Yes Yes
100Mbps 100Mbps Yes Yes
200Mbps 200Mbps Yes Yes
500Mbps 500Mbps Yes Yes
1Gbps 1Gbps Yes Yes
2Gbps 2Gbps Yes On Request
5Gbps 5Gbps On Request On Request
10Gbps 10Gbps On Request On Request

Pricing

Through Dedicated Cloud Access, Colt is providing direct access to your cloud applications with a flat monthly rental for an unlimited volume of data.

In parallel, you have to reserve a port at Azure Express Route and they will charge you the actual data traffic per GB with a much lower rate than for an Internet based connection.

Hence with our managed cloud services, you can get both a better service and a better TCO!

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Why choose Colt?

Easily manage your access bandwidth, connections and pricing on-demand with our easy to use customer portal

Colt is your single partner - there is no need for multiple suppliers and various network contracts

Our service level agreement provides targets for service delivery, availability and time to settle payments - all supported by competitive guarantees.

Our award-winning customer service is backed up by some of the best Net Promoter Scores in the industry

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