For TIG's customers, connecting to their Azure environments over the internet would pose quality-of-service and security issues. On the other hand, running physical cables into the data centre would be complex and costly, as well as challenging to scale; and could lead to multiple points of failure likely to affect performance.
TIG has colocated its private cloud infrastructure at Interxion's London Campus for more than four years, and provides Microsoft Azure services out of the Interxion facility. "Our relationship with Interxion is very positive," says George Georgiou, TIG's Chief Operating Officer. "Beyond the data centre itself, which provides everything we need in terms of security and availability, we like the fact that Interxion is always looking for ways to make its customers' lives easier."
Georgiou points to Interxion's Cloud Connect service as an example. "Interxion Cloud Connect gives us straightforward access to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, which simplifies secure, direct connectivity to the Microsoft Azure public cloud for our customers," he says.
As a Microsoft Tier 1 MSP, TIG can deliver Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute subscriptions. One of its customers for the service is Deltatre, a live sports streaming service. With its own content delivery network (CDN) colocated at Interxion London, Deltatre wanted to stream content into the Azure cloud for onward delivery by Microsoft's CDN.
"Deltatre didn't want the hassle and expense of installing circuits into the data centre," says Georgiou. "So we deliver and manage ExpressRoute on their behalf, using Interxion Cloud Connect."
"Interxion Cloud Connect is a neat solution that's simple to use, fast to implement and scale, and has support and resilience built in. It helps us deliver hybrid cloud solutions more quickly and easily."
George Georgiou Chief Operating Officer, TIG