Microsoft today announced that Office 365 customers will be able to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365. ExpressRoute provides customers with dedicated network connectivity through a private connection from their network to Microsoft Azure. Now, Microsoft is expanding this service to Office 365.
With network performance as predictable as your own on-premises environments, you might think of ExpressRoute for Office 365 like having the full Office 365 productivity solution in your own datacenter. ExpressRoute will offer Office 365 customers more predictable network performance, the ability to better manage network availability and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity. In addition, with ExpressRoute most Office 365 network traffic can avoid the public Internet, providing additional data privacy.
ExpressRoute delivers the benefits of public cloud, while surpassing the network reliability and privacy of the Internet. It is a great option for organizations that require premium, managed connectivity to their productivity services. You can define all aspects of your network connectivity provider’s connection from Microsoft to your users, helping ensure predictable network performance and availability. You can also use multiple ExpressRoute providers to establish ExpressRoute circuits in different geographic locations for additional redundancy and geo-resiliency.
ExpressRoute is expected to be available for Office 365 in the third quarter of 2015.
Read more about it here.