Microsoft has announced a partnership with SEACOM aimed at offering a cloud service that will allow customers to prolong their on-premise networks into the cloud without going through the public internet.
Dubbed Azure Express Route, the service enables customers to create private connections among data centers and infrastructure on office environment or in a cloud environment.
“We are excited about the added value that this will bring to our customers – particularly over a secure and reliable connection provided through SEACOM,” said Sebuh Hialeleul, East Africa Country Manager at Micrososft.
“We know that organizations are moving towards a space where they are dealing with a lot of data that requires secure movement. This service addresses these issues by providing a private, secure and high bandwidth connection to the cloud.”
M-KOPA–the world’s leading pay-as-you-go off grid solar company is once such organization that has used the ExpressRoute service successfully.
The cloud service has enabled M-KOPA to deploy its IT technologies in a seamless and reliable manner to bring power to over 600,000 homes across the East African region.
“Partnering with SEACOM made sense –especially where a guaranteed network experience for users going into the cloud was and is concerned,” said Haileleul.
“SEACOM is giving a low latency connection with guaranteed throughout and uptime. Data movement between the user and the cloud resources of Azure will be seamless, similar to working within your office local network,” said Tonny Tugee SEACOM General Manager East North East Africa region.
“This partnership is based on the strengths and capabilities of both parties to provide support not only to M-KOPA, but also to further customers. The move to the cloud and the increase in data management needs means that an offering like this could not come at a more perfect time. We are confident that Azure ExpressRoute will bring great benefits to our current and potential customers.” Says Haileleul.