NEXTDC hooks customers up to Azure cloud

Customers will be able to connect to Azure cloud from NEXTDC data centres around Australia

NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) customers will be able to connect to Microsoft's Azure cloud from NEXTDC data centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth during the second quarter of 2015.

The ExpressRoute service uses a high-speed low latency fibre connection to access Azure. According to the data centre vendor, latency levels will be as low as one millisecond in some data centre locations.

NEXTDC CEO, Craig Scroggie, said the collaboration will help customers with their hybrid cloud strategies as they can use a physical data centre to access the cloud.

"Microsoft’s commitment to the Australian market addresses many concerns of Australian businesses on data sovereignty by ensuring their cloud platform is hosted locally, and accessed through a private, more secure connection,” he said in a statement.

Scroggie added that the company’s data centre environment offers improved security, performance and a “nationally consistent” experience for enterprises that are moving into the cloud.

In October 2014, Microsoft announced that its Azure cloud services were available from two data centres in Australia.

At the time, Microsoft's executive vice president for cloud and enterprise, Scott Guthrie, said they could access Azure from facilities in New South Wales and Victoria.

“It enables customers to use both infrastructure-as-a-service [IaaS] and platform-as-a-service [PaaS] capabilities. Each of our data centre buildings is roughly one rugby pitch in size. There is enough space to hold about 600,000 servers,” he said.

NEXTDC is not the only data centre vendor seeing opportunities in the hybrid cloud space.

Equinix conducted a global survey in October 2014 with 659 respondents including 101 participants from Australia. According to the results, 85 per cent of respondents are planning to use multiple cloud services in the next 12 months.

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