Businesses making use of Azure services will be pleased to hear that NAPAfrica has announced that its members have direct access to the Microsoft Azure Peering Service.

The goal here is to reduce latency between users and Microsoft’s Azure services. This should enhance connectivity when making use of cloud services such as Office 365, Software-as-a-Service applications or other Microsoft services on the public web.

“Working in collaboration with service providers to provide highly reliable and optimised Internet connectivity to Microsoft services, the peering service also provides Internet latency telemetry and route monitoring, and alerting against hijacks, leaks and any other Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) misconfigurations,” explains manager of Interconnection and Peering at Teraco, Andrew Owens.

Other benefits that this direct access service brings to the table include:

  • High-speed data transfer – 1G, 10G and 100G port options.
  • No minimum Bandwidth requirements
  • Improved fault tolerance.
  • Traffic insights such as latency reporting and prefix monitoring.
  • Optimum Network Hops (AS Hops) from Microsoft’s Cloud.
  • Route analytics and statistics – Events for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) route anomalies (leak/hijack detection), and suboptimal routing
  • Low-cost peering: no membership, port or cross-connect fees

“Our infrastructure is locally redundant and supports failover across multiple locations, offering geo-redundancy. This guarantees high performance connectivity with the lowest possible latency. No minimum bandwidth is required either as the service is available at all NAPAfrica internet exchanges in South Africa, or wherever Microsoft is connected,” Owens added.

This is very good news for firms using Microsoft Teams now that working from home has become normal.

If you’re looking for more information about this new offering you can head here or ping NAPAfrica on nap[at]teraco[dot]co[dot]za.