Singapore’s reputation as a regional cloud hub has received a boost with the announcement that communications service provider Epsilon will partner with Microsoft to provide on-demand access to cloud connectivity in Singapore through Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute.
“We are a Singapore-based business and we are proud to be supporting the Cloud locally, regionally and around the world,” said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO at Epsilon. “Our work with Microsoft supports our vision for simple and powerful solutions that directly benefit users."
Epsilon’s Infiny on-demand connectivity platform will now enable service providers in Singapore to connect their enterprise customers instantly to Microsoft’s Azure, bypassing the public internet.
“Cloud adoption in Asia Pacific is growing at a phenomenal rate and Singapore is a major global hub for Cloud services,” said Szlosarek.
“It is critical that we continue to grow our ecosystem to deliver agile networking solutions that enable our partners to service the growing enterprise demand for cloud applications."
Infiny is a software-defined networking (SDN) platform, providing users with on-demand connectivity across Epsilon’s Global Interconnect Fabric which includes more than 600 service providers, cloud service providers and Internet Exchanges (IXs).
A range of services are available via the Infiny platform including port-to-port, port-to-Cloud, port-to-Internet Exchange, SIP Trunking and Inbound services, last mile DIA and SD-WAN services.
The platform can be assessed through a web-based portal, APIs and Android and iOS mobile apps.
Partners can provision a suite of on-demand connectivity services via a web-based portal, APIs and iOS or Android mobile apps.
Furthermore, users can choose from a range of services from port-to-port, port-to-Cloud, port-to-IX, SIP Trunking and Inbound services, last mile, DIA and SD-WAN services.
Most importantly it provides a secure, reliable and scalable platform without exposure to the public internet and the inherent risks associated with that, particularly relevant in today’s hybrid cloud environments.
“It is great to build on our existing relationship with Epsilon to add new connectivity options across the Asia-Pacific region starting with Singapore,” said Ross Ortega, partner PM manager of Microsoft Azure networking, Microsoft. “The cloud market in Asia Pacific is diverse, dynamic and growing rapidly.
"We look forward to expanding our Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity partners across the region and working with Epsilon to support cloud growth locally and across the globe."
The Azure ExpressRoute establishes a private connection between an enterprise’s on-premise infrastructure on the one hand and Microsoft’s Azure data centres on the other, which enterprise customers can now access through Epsilon’s global network fabric.
Furthermore, earlier this year, to help accelerate the rapid adoption and deployment of cloud-centric services from managed service providers, Epsilon revamped its channel partner programme, assisting partners in the monetisation of on-demand connectivity, colocation and professional services.
This news comes on the back of NTT Communications launching a managed Microsoft Azure stack solution in Hong Kong, with an expected third quarter of 2018 launch for Singapore.