Europe’s largest operator joined Microsoft’s Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner program and will offer managed network services for the public cloud platform.
This includes virtual WAN to connect various locations and ExpressRoute for private connections with Azure data centres, as well as managed security for firewalls and DDoS attack mitigations.
The companies say their partnership comes at a time of growing demand for managed, secure network connections as an increasing number of companies migrate elements of their IT landscapes over to the cloud.
Deutsche Telekom offers its services in most Azure regions and connects them with one another. This means companies can access their applications and data via data centres located all over the world.
Frank Strecker, SVP Cloud Managed Services and responsible for DT’s public cloud business, said, “We are proud that we can leverage our proven network know-how together with our partner Microsoft to provide enterprise customers with excellent cloud services.”
Sunil Kishen, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking, Microsoft added, “Microsoft’s collaboration with Deutsche Telekom is part of our commitment to the region, bringing digital innovation to everyone. By combining the Microsoft Azure ecosystem and DT’s network capabilities, we support the creative power and growth opportunities of our customers.”
Microsoft’s Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner program was launched in July 2019, to improve connectivity into its environments. Its initial eight partners were Aryaka, Equinix, BT, Data Dimension (now part of NTT), IIJ of Japan, Megaport of Australia, InterCloud and Tata Communications. Vandis signed up in November 2019 and CenturyLink joined the program in February.