Kordia is providing its customers with access to the Microsoft Azure peering service, providing reliable and optimised connectivity to Microsoft services.
The service is an answer for customers looking for an internet-first network strategy when accessing SaaS services such as Microsoft Office 365 or similar services running on Azure.
The development follows State-owned Kordia’s establishment of a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute private connection to Azure in May.
Around the same time as Kordia's announcement yesterday, Spark-owned ICT and cloud service provider CCL announced it had enabled direct peering with Azure services.
Kordia head of product Murray Goodman said by directly peering the company's network with Microsoft, in addition to providing private Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute interconnects in New Zealand and Australia, customers were assured that the service they choose met stringent interoperability tests and provided the best performance possible.
“The Microsoft Azure Peering Service provides a further low-latency, high performance option – it’s like your applications are hosted in the room next door,” he said.
The Azure Peering Service was the ideal internet solution for organisations seeking additional connectivity options beyond ExpressRoute, which is provided over a private connection.
Direct Peering provides benefits including service redundancy, high availability, low latency and performance reporting, Kordia said.
Redundancy is achieved through Kordia’s Microsoft interconnections at geographically diverse locations, with added assurance at each location where failover is supported across two routers.
Traffic takes multiple routes into the Microsoft cloud so there is no single point of failure.
Further advantages include Value Add Reporting which makes available internet telemetry, route monitoring and alerts against leaks and hijacks.
“Kordia will in due course introduce this reporting into its customer portal,” Goodman said.
Kordia first enabled private access with Azure via ExpressRoute in 2014 through a deal with connectivity specialist Equinix.