NAPAfrica offers Microsoft’s Azure Peering Service

NAPAfrica offers connectivity Microsoft’s Azure Peering Service

13 October 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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NAPAfrica confirms that its members can now have direct access to the Microsoft Azure Peering Service and benefit from an SLA-backed, direct connection to Microsoft.

The news makes NAPAfrica one of the first South African partners for the new Microsoft Azure peering service.

Speaking on the announcement, Andrew Owens (pictured), manager of interconnection & peering at Teraco, said: “One of the options for clients to make this cloud transition is by using a peering service. The collaboration will assist in delivering reliable and performance-centric public connectivity to the Microsoft cloud.”

The networking service solution enhances customer connectivity to Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics 365, software as-a-service services, Azure, or any other Microsoft services accessible through the public internet.

“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,” added Owens.

In addition, NAPAfrica is also offering is latency optimisation and traffic monitoring with the Microsoft Azure Peering Service, which offers qualified validation of the prefix, and if the correct edge location from Microsoft is assigned:

“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,” concluded Owens.