OSN begins ExpressRoute trials with datamena

08 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


datamena and OSN have announced during Capacity Middle East that they are to begin trials using Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.

The partnership will enable OSN to extend its on premise network into the Microsoft cloud using a private connection from datamena.

Speaking on the news, Fahad Al Hassawi, deputy CEO of telco services at Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, said: “This is another example of how datamena is working with regional content players and Global Hyperscalers to facilitate digital disruption in the Middle East. We have a long history and strong partnership with OSN who we are proud to be working with as they continue their journey of cloud innovation.”

ExpressRoute is an Azure service that lets customers create private connections between Microsoft datacentres and infrastructure that’s on premise or in a colocation facility. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet therefore offering higher security, reliability, and speeds with lower latencies than standard Internet connections.

A number of other companies have also begun using Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute. Last month, PacketFabric announced that it was to provide private network connectivity to Microsoft for its customers in the US using Azure ExpressRoute. In addition, Liquid Telecom became a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner across Africa, using its CloudConnect service. Internet Solutions followed suit in January, connecting its own cloud connect service to Microsoft Azure. And in November of last year, Angola Cables confirmed its intention to become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner enabling it to meet the needs of African organisations migrating business applications and IT infrastructures to the cloud.