CyrusOne has announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to offer Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute within all of the company’s data center locations via the CyrusOne National IX (Internet Exchange) and Metro IX platforms. The agreement provides CyrusOne customers with unrivaled connectivity to Microsoft Azure in the markets of Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Phoenix, Sterling (Northern Virginia), and San Antonio, among others.

"We are truly excited to become an ExpressRoute partner with direct access to Microsoft services for our enterprise customers across our National IX and Metro IX interconnectivity platforms,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection, CyrusOne. “The cloud economy is growing rapidly, and this relationship enables us to support our customers’ hybrid colocation and cloud needs with a tremendous partner. In conjunction with our Megaport partnership and their elastic connectivity services, CyrusOne now offers unrivaled enterprise connectivity to the Microsoft ecosystem.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with CyrusOne to make it easier for our mutual customers to access Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and CRM Online,” said Ross Ortega, principle product manager, Azure Networking, Microsoft. “Many enterprises require more secure, more reliable and lower latency connections, and together we will enable even more enterprises to take advantage of the scalability and cost-savings of the Microsoft Cloud platform.”

Azure offers a growing collection of integrated cloud services to build, deploy, and manage enterprise services faster and more efficiently. The ExpressRoute agreement enables CyrusOne’s enterprise customers to avoid the public Internet by offering private and secure connectivity to Azure for greater reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and more enhanced security than typical Internet connections. ExpressRoute has virtual cross-connections through the CyrusOne National IX and Metro IX platforms to expand these capabilities, enabling companies to easily integrate and scale existing data center and cloud strategies to establish robust hybrid cloud environments.

The CyrusOne National IX marries low-cost connectivity with the massively scaled data centers for which the company is known. It virtually links more than a dozen of CyrusOne’s enterprise facilities in multiple metropolitan markets, so customers can mix and match data centers to create their own production or disaster recovery platforms, or both, and access virtually every carrier, content company, and cloud provider across its ecosystem.