The benefits of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge need to be extended to the whole enterprise, regardless of where it operates. This is why we have joined forces with Microsoft – as an ExpressRoute-over-satellite launch partner – to bring the Azure cloud platform to any global end-point, whether in the air, at sea, or in underserved areas on land. Now, Azure customers everywhere are just one hop away from their most essential cloud services and applications.
Operating the industry’s only multi-orbit fleet, we afford Azure customers unrivaled flexibility to maximise performance of cloud workloads and applications. Enterprise and government sites can match the right connectivity service, whether over MEO or GEO, to their unique mix of cloud and edge services. As a result, robust service level agreements covering availability, throughput and latency can be extended from Azure data centers or edge compute nodes to any customer end-point.
As the first satellite operator to adopt ONAP on Azure, we are designing an agile, cloud-scale operational environment in which ExpressRoute customers can activate high-impact virtualized network functions (VNFs) quickly and easily.
SD-WAN is one key network function that creates a hybrid, multi-access network service, intelligently prioritizing and steering cloud application traffic over the optimal connection, whether MEO, GEO or other access technologies. With SD-WAN based hybrid networking, ExpressRoute customers improve service availability, maximise bandwidth efficiency, and strengthen overall WAN security.
Future-proofing ExpressRoute with O3b mPOWER, ONAP and SD-WAN
As cloud and edge services demand grows, we are pushing the boundaries of systems and software innovation to help Azure customers maximise productivity and scale well into the future.
Launching in 2021, our O3b mPOWER communications system will deliver multi-gigabit, low-latency services with dynamic bandwidth allocation of forward and return path capacity, ideal for optimising ExpressRoute in remote and underserved areas.
Operationalising an end-to-end ExpressRoute service must be simple and automated, which is the aim of our partnership with Microsoft and Amdocs to develop an open, standards-driven service orchestration solution based on Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).
With customers relying on their mobile network for their very livelihood, Tigo Tchad required a partner who could quickly refurbish 40 of their cell sites and establish an in-country teleport with limited downtime.