Azure Express Route for Office 365 and Skype for Business though Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions
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Azure ExpressRoute for Microsoft Azure, US Government Cloud and Office 365

Microsoft Azure is part of the Level 3® Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and AzureTM ExpressRoute® provide secure, high-performance network connections between Azure data centers and infrastructure that is on your premises or in a colocation environment.

Because ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, they can offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security than typical Internet connections. Level 3 provides multiple connectivity models, including any-to-any (IP VPN) network and point-to-point Ethernet network connections.

Why Are Customers Using ExpressRoute?

Private network connections to cloud resources like Azure and Office 365TM can be crucial when handling sensitive information, operating applications that require consistent data flow, moving large volumes of data efficiently, and accommodating end-users who demand responsive applications. Common use cases include:

Hybrid Applications  |  Back-Up and Restore  |  Extend Your Data Center
ExpressRoute Connectivity Options

Point-to-Point Ethernet Connections

Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions enable you to connect on-premises data centers and offices to the Microsoft cloud through point-to-point Ethernet connections. Point-to-point Ethernet providers can offer Layer 2 connections or managed Layer 3 connections between your site and the Microsoft cloud.
Benefits of Point-to-Point Ethernet Connectivity
  • Greater Control: Customers can control the routing.
  • Bandwidth Options: Anywhere from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps are available.
  • Network Options: You don’t need to use your existing network service provider.
  • Flexibility: Customer data centers can be located on-premises or in any third-party colocation environment.

Use Cases
  • Data Center to Cloud Workloads
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Storage, Back-Up and Recovery
  • Big Data

Any-to-Any (IPVPN) Networks – Extend Your WAN

You can integrate your WAN with the Microsoft cloud. IPVPN providers (typically IPVPN) offer any-to-any connectivity between your branch offices and data centers. Interconnecting your WAN with the Microsoft cloud enables it to function like any other branch office.

Benefits of Any-to-Any (IPVPN) Networks
  • Simplicity: Level 3 manages your Layer 3 routing.
  • Convenience: Existing Level 3 IPVPN customers can easily integrate their network with the cloud.
  • Secure: All sites on your WAN will have private connectivity to applications in the cloud.

Use Cases
  • ERP Applications
  • UC&C
  • Skype for Business

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