Gopal Govinder
Gopal Govinder Executive Head: Business Solutions VPN

Africa offers vast opportunities for cloud services to accelerate innovation, connect people and transform businesses.

Microsoft has expanded its cloud capabilities in South Africa by offering its Azure services through its strategic partners and we’re excited that Internet Solutions (IS) has been selected as a partner for this new venture in South Africa.

Ross Ortega, Partner PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp, said: “We’re pleased to add Internet Solutions as an option for companies to connect to Microsoft Azure through Azure ExpressRoute. The Microsoft Cloud delivered from Africa through partners like Internet Solutions will help developers build new and innovative apps and support our mutual customers in their cloud journey."

Unprecedented customer value

Our international co-location connectivity solution CloudConnect, has been incorporated into Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute network. Linking directly and securely to the Microsoft Azure cloud will significantly increase the performance of our customer's networks.

The connection through Microsoft ExpressRoute is a secure, guaranteed alternative to using the Internet. With just a single local link into the IS network, our clients can access the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, which provides business-critical services and applications. On the ExpressRoute, customers can establish connections to Microsoft’s cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online.

The strategic reason for CloudConnect

There is a high demand for secure connectivity to various cloud providers by corporate clients in multiple locations. CloudConnect provides the convenience of securing end-to-end connectivity from the client to the cloud provider environment through our MPLS VPN-based service. By providing a single link from your core network to these cloud providers, IS will efficiently and affordably cater for your secure connectivity needs – offering better reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.

Whether you choose our Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) private connection or Ethernet connection option, you’ll immediately see the difference in the performance of applications and services hosted on the cloud platforms available through CloudConnect.

We can connect you from:

  • Any-to-any (MPLS VPN) network.
  • A point-to-point Ethernet private network in specific data centre locations.
  • A managed virtual cross-connection or a dedicated cross-connect to the cloud service.

Now you can onboard with your cloud provider(s) of choice quickly, manage cloud services efficiently and start testing and implementing new services sooner. That means it will be quicker and easier to try new business software tools, roll out updates (and roll back if you need to), and deploy web-based and software-as-a-service applications on any cloud environment of choice.

Don’t ignore the benefits of cloudification. Speak to a cloud configuration expert today to map out the perfect solution for your enterprise.

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