Internet Solutions’ CloudConnect is added to Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute network

16 January 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Pan-African telecommunications service provider, Internet Solutions, announces that Cloud Connect, its colocation connectivity solution, has been integrated into Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute network.

Gopal Govinder 160 x 186Using Internet Solutions carrier infrastructure, Azure ExpressRoute clients in Africa will be able to connect directly to the Microsoft Cloud, which includes: Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365. All of which, will be hosted in Microsoft’s South African data centres when they come online in 2018.

“The ability to link directly and securely to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform locally will significantly increase the performance of our customers using Microsoft’s cloud services in South Africa,” says Gopal Govinder, executive of VPN and MDNS at Internet Solutions. “We anticipate that this will encourage companies to move more of their workloads into the cloud, so they can take greater advantage of the benefits that cloud technology offers.”

Govinder explains that the current latency between 180 milliseconds, whereas on Internet Solutions terrestrial network this is reduced down to under 20 milliseconds nationally.

“CloudConnect already offers clients access to multiple cloud service providers on a reliable, high-performance virtual private network,” added Govinder. “As part of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, we’ll extend the service to wholesale clients in South Africa and the rest of the continent.”

Additionally, Internet solutions says that it will continue to connect clients to Microsoft’s expanded suite of products available through its London and Amsterdam exchange points.

“We’re moving towards a global digital economy where enterprises and their service offerings have global reach, but in many ways it is more important than ever to localise delivery. This is what Microsoft is offering by investing in data centres in South Africa,” continued Govinder.

“We’re pleased to add Internet Solutions as an option for companies to connect to Microsoft Azure through Azure ExpressRoute. The Microsoft Cloud delivered from Africa through partners like Internet Solutions will help developers build new and innovative apps, and support our mutual customers in their cloud journey,” said Ross Ortega, partner programme manager of Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft.

“Internet Solutions is proud to provide seamless connectivity between clients and their Microsoft-hosted data, so they can leverage this information for improved experience, service delivery and business growth,” concluded Govinder.

Liquid Telecom and Angola Cables recently became Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute partners offering direct connections to Microsoft’s South African ExpressRoute locations enabling businesses of all sizes in Africa to have private access to Azure.