Microsoft® Azure™ is part of the Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Azure ExpressRoute provide a secure, high-performance network for enterprises to stretch their data centers and operate a seamless IT environment between their corporate networks and private on-premises or third-party data centers and the Azure cloud platform.
Private network connections to cloud-based resources like Azure are crucial for handling sensitive information, operating applications that require consistent data flow, moving large volumes of data virtual machines, or accommodating end-users who demand responsive applications. Common use cases include:
  • Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery
  • Storage and Compute
  • Business Application Hosting
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Application Test and Development
  • Media Workflow

Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide local and global connectivity for enterprises moving and optimizing IT infrastructure on the Azure cloud platform. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions supports ExpressRoute’s two routing options, Exchange Provider model and Network Provider model, giving enterprises flexibility in how they want to manage, control and extend their network architecture when attaching to Azure cloud resources.

ExpressRoute - Network Service Provider Model
With Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Azure ExpressRoute, organizations do not have to rely on the public Internet for their business critical applications.  Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and ExpressRoute provide fast and reliable connections to Azure cloud services so enterprises can benefit from all the cloud has to offer without compromising performance, productivity or revenue.

  • Improved Application Performance – Deliver important cloud-based business applications quickly and without interruption with Level 3’s low-latency, highly redundant network
  • Greater Security – Safely run your business applications and move sensitive information between public and private clouds using Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions’ private network connections and security services
  • Ultimate Flexibility – Establish and change multiple private connections to public and private cloud resources easily, and scale quickly
  • Global Reach – Build and deploy cloud applications and hybrid IT environments globally with Level 3’s network reach and Azure’s data centers around the world
  • Reduced Costs – Avoid big upfront capital expenditures, take advantage of shared infrastructure and only pay for what you use
  • Expert Network Design – Collaborate with the Level 3 Solutions Architect Team to design a custom, highly efficient network
Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions offer a private network ecosystem that can connect your enterprise with leading cloud and data center providers around the world. They can provide improved application performance as well as security and flexibility, which allow you to realize all the benefits of the cloud without compromising productivity or revenue.

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Azure ExpressRoute enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.

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Key Characteristics
  • Distributed architecture
  • Level 3 manages routing
  • All sites have direct connectivity to cloud services
  • Efficiently-sized  connections to each location with fixed or usage-based billing options
  • Logical separation of business unit or IT function traffic with multiple instances
  • ExpressRoute Bandwidth: 10, 100, 200 and 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps
  • ExpressRoute Billing: Fixed Port

Use Cases
  • Hosted business applications
  • Virtual desktops
  • Unified Communications
  • Data archiving and retrieval
Key Characteristics
  • Aggregated architecture
  • Key sites (data center, HQ, etc.) have direct connectivity to cloud services
  • High bandwidth connections  available with fixed or usage-based billing options
  • Enterprise manages routing
  • Custom defined routing and logical separation of services configured in the Cloud Service Provider portal
  • ExpressRoute Bandwidth: 1 and 10 Gbps
  • ExpressRoute Billing: Egress

Use Cases
  • Hybrid IT environments
  • Big Data analysis and storage
  • BCDR
  • Application development and testing
  • Existing centralized WAN architecture

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ExpressRoute - Exchange Provider Model
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 ExpressRoute - Network Service Provider Model
ExpressRoute - Exchange Provider Model
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