Cologix, one of North America’s leading network-neutral interconnection and hyperscale Edge data centre companies, has announced the addition of a fourth Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute onramp in Canada and additional capacity at an existing ExpressRoute onramp at its TOR1 digital Edge data centre with speeds up to 100 Gbps.
“We are happy to expand our collaboration with Microsoft in major markets across Canada,” said Chris Heinrich, Chief Revenue Officer, Cologix. “This continued growth gives our customers greater access to the private connections, optimised speed and reliability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute – one of the largest cloud service providers in the world.”
The latest expansion adds anAzure ExpressRoute onramp at Cologix’s MTL7 digital Edge data centre, located in Montréal. This facility is connected to Montréal’s primary carrier hotel in Cologix’s MTL3 digital Edge data centre via high-count dark fibre and to 10 additional Cologix Montréal data centres across the metro area. Additionally, capacity has been increased at the current Azure ExpressRoute onramp at Cologix’s TOR1 digital Edge data centre at 151 Front Street in Toronto – one of Canada’s largest carrier hotels.
Cologix now has ExpressRoute onramps, which support private connections to Azure, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365, at four data centres located in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. In addition to the new and expanded onramps in Montréal and Toronto, Cologix has existing ExpressRoute onramps at a second Montréal site, its MTL3 digital Edge data centre and at its VAN1 digital Edge data centre located in Vancouver’s primary carrier hotel.
Sudha Mahajan, Partner, Product Management at Microsoft, said: “In today’s world of multi-cloud strategies, we understand the importance of empowering businesses with rapid data access and portability. We’re glad to be continuing that momentum with quality interconnectivity providers like Cologix.”
Customers can access Azure ExpressRoute through Cologix Access Marketplace for fast, secure, on-demand and software-enabled interconnection. The easy-to-use interconnection product enables customers to automatically connect with cloud, carrier and other providers in the company’s vast ecosystem. Cologix Access Marketplace is growing rapidly to showcase the company’s portfolio of interconnection partners, including more than 700 networks, 350 cloud providers and 30 North American onramps that make up Cologix’s robust ecosystem.
Azure ExpressRoute provides key benefits to enterprises looking to build hybrid cloud environments, including:
- Private connections that bypass the public Internet
- Lower latency by traversing the shortest path to Azure
- Predictability and optimised speed when leveraging Azure ExpressRoute
- Scalable, densely connected and customisable colocation opportunities