Since the launch of local Microsoft Azure data centres, local businesses have been making use of the world renowned cloud solutions on offer.

In a bid to bolster its Cloud Connect solution which boasts direct connections to Microsoft’s cloud, Internet Solutions will now offer a new product in Virtual Cross Connect.

This solution will allow Internet Solutions’ data centre, access and VPN clients to extend their existing infrastructure into a hyperscaler hub. The solution makes use of ultra-low-cost-and-latency colocation connectivity.

“Through Virtual Cross Connect, we’ll shorten the distance between clients and Microsoft by localising traffic in data centres, at extremely competitive connectivity rates to improve service delivery and client experience,” chief technology officer at Internet Solutions, Kervin Pillay said in a press release.

Virtual Cross Connect boasts a low latency of under 20ms with that number dropping further for intra-data centre connectivity.

The full product description from Internet Solutions follows on below:

  • A flat monthly Virtual Cross Connect fee of R999.00 for 1Gbps of throughput from an IS data centre in metropolitan areas directly to Microsoft Express Route points of presence in Johannesburg and Cape town.
  • Intra- and -inter data centre connectivity between IS and Microsoft points of interconnect, as well as major Hyperscaler hubs.
  • Capability to optimise network segments and consolidate links.
  • Rapid set-up of direct connection to Public and Private clouds using
  • Ethernet, VPN and/or Internet Access, incorporating Infoconnect.
  • Ability to link clients’ Infoconnect and Cloud Connect exchange partners together – further reducing connectivity costs between on-network partners.
  • Easy data exchange for multinationals across global territories through our Internet exchange capability.
  • Data centre colocation, security and SD-WAN services as adjacent deployments.

We’re pleased to partner with Internet Solutions as they have displayed commitment to removing barriers to entry through providing commodity connectivity services for companies wanting to benefit from cloud services,” said managing director for Microsoft South Africa, Lillian Barnard.