Is Your Organization Still Using the Public Internet to Access Private Microsoft Applications?


Is Your Organization Still Using the Public Internet to Access Private Microsoft Applications?

Public internet access may be easy, but it doesn’t provide the security of private networks.  This is especially true in today’s Internet climate full of bad guys looking to tap into your Microsoft applications.  As more businesses rely on Azure for their cloud needs, their connectivity to the platform is increasingly essential to their operations.

But if you’re still using the public internet to access Microsoft applications, what do you need to know about switching to private Microsoft network?

Private Line ‘ExpressRoute’ to Microsoft

ExpressRoute is a service provided by Microsoft that enables organizations to establish private, dedicated connections between their office network and their off-site cloud services. With ExpressRoute and private line connectivity, data remains within the organization’s network and does not travel over the public internet. Here are some of the benefits of using the Private Line service to connect to Azure ExpressRoute:

  • Dedicated, Private Connection:  A private line is dedicated to the individual office, unlike the public Internet that is shared.   It’s the difference of your family staying in a house vs. staying in a hotel.  Both provide shelter, but one is much more private and the other is shared amongst guests.  It’s more secure, more reliable and reduces the risk of exposure and breaches when transmitting company data to and from offsite Microsoft cloud services.
  • Low Latency & Speed:  Latency is the true odometer of speed.  The less time it takes to move data to/from, the better.   Inherently a private line will pass traffic from point A and B at much lower latency than traversing the public, crowded Internet.    With NewConnect’s ExpressRoute Private Line, your Microsoft data will move at 1-3 milliseconds, round trip, making access to your off-site applications feel like your data never left the office.   Once known as LAN Speed, low latency is crucial for applications that require real-time data processing or have strict performance requirements.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Guarantees: Azure ExpressRoute provides Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for uptime and network performance if using private lines, ensuring that you get the level of service and reliability you require for your business-critical applications.
  • Compliance: For organizations with strict regulatory compliance or data residency requirements, ExpressRoute with Private Line service can be particularly valuable. It allows you to keep your data within a specified geography and maintain compliance with industry-specific regulations.

NewConnect has an ExpressRoute between Greater Washington, DC markets and the Azure data centers.  NewConnect cost effectively provides connectivity that supports both public Internet access and ExpressRoute Private Line access.  By separating traffic with VLANs NewConnect will act as a traffic cop sending public and private data across the appropriate path to its destinations.

We Are Your Premier DC Internet Provider

NewConnect can connect any building in the DC, MD, VA markets with Gigabit and Multi-Gigabit connectivity.  Experience uninterrupted high speed access with ultra-low latency.  Contact us today to find out how quickly we can connect your office to not only the Internet, but to your private Microsoft applications via ExpressRoute.

Oscar Williams