Enterprise customers in Asia-Pacific will soon be able to bypass the public internet and connect faster and more securely into Microsoft's Azure public cloud platform using SingTel's Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network.
Through the tie-up, SingTel's MPLS network will integrate with the Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service directly. This connection offers more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security. Previously, businesses could only use the Internet to access Microsoft Azure in order to use their enterprise cloud resources.
"Cloud computing in Asia-Pacific is rapidly accelerating, but many enterprises want more control over cloud connections," said Steven Martin, General Manager for Microsoft Azure at Microsoft. "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."
SingTel will first roll out Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service to the Singapore and Asia markets in the second half of the year, before replicating this network arrangement in Australia to serve the markets in Oceania.
In the U.S., Microsoft announced a similar deal with AT&T last September.