How do I connect to the Microsoft Cloud without using the Azure ExpressRoute service?

(This internet-based method of connecting to the Microsoft Cloud is not "Azure ExpressRoute")

For AARNet members and subscription-based customers, internet connectivity to the Microsoft cloud will be via our Domestic Peering arrangements, with multiple 10Gbps capacity, so traffic is un-metered.

Microsoft may still charge “Data Egress” charges, but may waive them for certain qualified researchers and academic customers.

Special Expressroute and Azure pricing for R&E customers*:

  • AARNet is working with Internet2, Geant, Canarie and other NRENs globally to negotiate with Microsoft for better ExpressRoute pricing (ie. the port charge and egress traffic). This is a longer-term activity.
  • Microsoft released this recently:

*Note - Microsoft pricing is ultimately a matter between the customer and Microsoft directly. AARNet is not an intermediary.