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Private connectivity to Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure

With our partnership with Microsoft, DE-CIX can offer private, secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure services from all major DE-CIX locations globally. Additionally, our global infrastructure allows you to extend your reach to Microsoft Azure regions and ExpressRoute locations worldwide.


Connect to the Microsoft cloud bypassing the Internet

DE-CIX DirectCLOUD allows you to connect your existing network infrastructure with the Microsoft cloud without going over the “public” Internet. The benefits of connecting via the DirectCLOUD service include reduced network costs, predictable latency, higher security, and guaranteed bandwidth. 


Reduced network costs.

Predictable latency, guaranteed bandwidth.

Improved security.

Building connectivity reliability

No presence required at Microsoft’s colocation facilities

If you are not present in one of the colocation facilities where Microsoft has presence, the ecosystem of DE-CIX DirectCLOUD-certified ISPs and data center partners helps to make ExpressRoute circuits available wherever needed – including at on-premise enterprise locations and in private data centers. 

Simplified management via a self-service portal 

Both direct customers and DE-CIX partners benefit from our self-service portal, which offers provisioning in a matter of minutes. You can set up connections or scale them whenever you want to and add new ones as you need them. The DE-CIX portal also provides you with full visibility into the performance of your connections. 

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How it works

There are two ways to set-up the connectivity between enterprises and Microsoft. Regardless of which set-up you use, DE-CIX and our partners guarantee to provide high availability by avoiding any single points of failure.


Directly through DE-CIX at our premium enabled sites

If you are collocated in a data center where DE-CIX also has presence – our premium enabled sites – you just need to buy access to DE-CIX and you can directly use DirectCLOUD to connect to Microsoft. This option usually makes sense if you have very high bandwidth requirements or a large number of ExpressRoute circuits.

DE-CIX premium enabled sites

Through DE-CIX certified partners

You can also connect via our partners. The DE-CIX certified ISP or data center partners act as a single point of contact for enterprises and provide (last mile) connectivity between your on-premise location and the closest DE-CIX premium enabled site, and from there on to Microsoft.

DE-CIX certified partners


Connecting to Microsoft Azure via DirectCLOUD

DirectCLOUD Flex