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SingTel to provide direct access into Microsoft’s Azure public cloud

Zafirah Salim | May 14, 2014
Singtel’s MPLS network provides a connection that offers more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security.

Enterprise customers will soon be able to bypass the public Internet and directly connect to Microsoft’s Azure public cloud platform using SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network.

This is made possible thanks to the partnership between Singapore’s telco company SingTel, and cloud platform Microsoft Azure. According to its media statement, SingTel’s MPLS network will integrate with the Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service directly, enabling a more reliable, faster, lower latency, and more secure connection.

Lee Han Kheng, Vice President, Global Products of SingTel Group Enterprise said: “Our partnership with Microsoft will pave the way for enterprises to connect securely to Microsoft Azure without having to make additional investments. This convenience enables enterprises to access Window’s cloud computing infrastructure securely anywhere in Asia Pacific.”

“This partnership is further enhanced by the ability of enterprises to leverage SingTel’s virtual private cloud, based on Microsoft Cloud OS. With three options, enterprises can select a combination of Azure public cloud services by Microsoft, accessing virtual private cloud services hosted by SingTel and using on-premise technology. This flexibility enables enterprises to capitalise on the distinct advantages of each type of cloud platform to more efficiently manage their business applications,” he added.

Steven Martin, General Manager of Microsoft Azure for Microsoft, commented that although cloud computing in Asia Pacific is rapidly accelerating, many enterprises still yearn for more control over cloud connections.

“Through this strategic alliance with SingTel, we can lower the barriers to entry for cloud computing by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for our joint customers in Asia Pacific,” he said.

SingTel will first roll out Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service to the Singapore and Asia markets, followed by Australia.

 

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