Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is getting satellite support

Not only is Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute getting satellite support, the company is also making it available in two additional regions  — Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany.

The aim of this new addition is to improve performance and connectivity when it comes to rural areas and remote sites.

In any case, as of 9th September, accessing Microsoft’s cloud services with ExpressRoute via satellite connectivity is now a possibility.

The following partners were added to Microsoft’s roster:

– Intelsat

– SES

– Viasat

The partners’ ground stations will be connected using a dedicated private link.

In terms of target markets, Microsoft expects the gas, aviation, oil, and remote manufacturing to take advantage of it to its full potential.

As a side note, the new satellite ExpressRoute functionality is also compatible with Microsoft Azure Government clouds.

In 2014, the company first made ExpressRoute available to its enterprise users.

Originally, it was referred to as the Golden Gate.

For those that don’t rely on establishing an internet connection, it’s ExpressRoute is a viable alternative.

In other Azure-related news, the service is now available in two additional regions in Germany – Berlin and Frankfurt, specifically.

According to the company, Microsoft Office 365 is estimated to become available in these two new datacentres in the first three months of 2020.

Later the year, Dynamics 365 is scheduled to join the roster.

Originally, the first German regions became available in 2015.