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Q&A - Microsoft Azure Peering Service via AMS-IX

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Tatiana Cury

Tatiana Cury

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What is Peering?

Peering is the interconnection between Microsoft’s global network (AS8075) and your network for the purpose of exchanging internet traffic from/to Microsoft online services and Microsoft Azure Services.

What is peering service?

  • An IP service that uses the public internet.
  • A collaboration platform with service providers
  • A value-added service that's intended to offer optimal and reliable routing via service provider partners to the Microsoft cloud over the public network.

What are the benefits of using Azure to set up Peering?

You may request for peering with Microsoft using Azure PowerShell or portal. Peering set up in this manner is managed as an Azure resource and provides the following benefits:

  • Simplified and automatable steps to set up and manage peering with Microsoft.
  • Quick and easy way to view and manage all your peering sessions in one place.
  • Track status and bandwidth data for all your connections.
  • You can use the same subscription to access your Azure Cloud Services.

What are the requirements?

Enterprises need to own a public ASN (Autonomous System Number) in order to be able to use MAPS service. AMS-IX can support you in this process of getting an ASN or you can reach out to RIPE.

What is the difference between Azure Peering and ExpressRoute?

Azure ExpressRoute is a private, dedicated connection from one or multiple customer locations. While Peering Service offers optimised public connectivity and doesn't support any private connectivity, it also offers optimised connectivity for local internet breakouts.

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