Going Direct: Microsoft selects Interxion Dublin for its Azure ExpressRoute Location


As most organisations make use of multiple cloud platforms and hybrid cloud strategies (92% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy; 80% have a hybrid cloud strategy SOURCE: Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report), data and applications increasingly reside in dispersed physical locations. Interconnecting these private and public clouds is complex and costly, whilst performance requirements of the connectivity between clouds is increasing.  

 As companies continue to deploy mission-critical production environments in the cloud, the internet is no longer fit-for-purpose, causing organisations to opt for private connectivity into the leading cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud. To fulfil this requirement, Cloud Service Providers deploy ‘cloud onramps’ in colocation data centres across the world, enabling local businesses and service providers to establish high-performance connectivity into the cloud. 

 Microsoft has recently deployed a second ExpressRoute connection in Ireland at Interxion’s Dublin data centre campus.  Interxion is now the only colocation provider in Ireland with both AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute colocated in a single data centre campus. As Ireland is home to AWS and Microsoft Azure multi-zone regions serving Europe, the relevance of these cloud onramps extends beyond Ireland alone. 

 But what does this mean for you and your company? The answer is, so much. It opens a world of opportunities for Enterprises, especially those who need to distribute large data sets or those who navigate the complexity of implementing hybrid cloud IT strategies. 

What are the benefits?  

  • Private direct connections that bypass the public internet for increased security with controls for end-to-end connectivity  
  • Lower latency by traversing the shortest path to the clouds   
  • Predictable and optimised performance 
  • Availability of up to 100Gb capability for both AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute 
  • Ability to significantly reduce connectivity and egress costs  


So how does it work? 

With available speeds of 10 and 100Gb, through a simple cross-connect, customers can access all Azure services. And if your company requires other bandwidths, you can also access ExpressRoute through our Cloud Connect fabric offering virtual connections between 50Mbps and 10Gbps.   

 The deployment of ExpressRoute in our facility further strengthens Interxion’s position as the leading cloud connectivity hub of Ireland and builds on the recent upgrade of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect node in its Dublin facility, enabling 100Gbps connections.  

 These new networking options extending the existing community of 47+ local and international carriers and ISPs, provide the connectivity needed to unlock new technologies like AI, VR, IoT, edge computing and blockchain and makes Interxion the only colocation provider in Ireland to provide both of these connectivity options.