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Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Direct private connections to the Azure cloud

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Connect to Microsoft Azure using fast reliable private connections

ExpressRoute allows you to create private connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on your campus or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections bypass the public internet and travel over a private connection, which means they offer greater reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security than typical Internet connections.

Why Azure ExpressRoute via AARNet?

ExpressRoute Connectivity Partner

As a ExpressRoute Connectivity Partner, AARNet is authorised to set up fast, reliable, private connections between your on-premise infrastructure and Microsoft Azure.


Provides a consistent network experience for accessing the business-critical applications and digital tools your staff, students, faculty and researchers rely on.


Choice of high-performing options for connecting your campus, data centre or colocation environment with Azure. We help you choose the right solution to match your needs.

Cost efficiencies

Leverages existing AARNet infrastructure. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premise systems and Microsoft cloud services can reduce costs.

How AARNet connects your campus to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Connection options

AARNet is an ExpressRoute Connectivity Partner, providing network connectivity to Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, and on request, to Azure data centres in Canberra.

Direct Connections

What ExpressRoute gives you is a fast and reliable connection to Azure with bandwidths up to 100 Gbps delivered via AARNet Layer-2 and Layer-3 Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections. The choice and design of your direct connection option/s is dependent on how you plan to manage and integrate your Microsoft cloud services with other cloud infrastructure. AARNet can assist with these choices and implementation.

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IPSec VPN over the internet

For non-critical workloads, you can take advantage of AARNet’s peering relationship with Microsoft and simply establish an IPSec virtual private network (VPN) between your equipment and the Azure cloud. Using the IPSec protocol ensures the connection is encrypted and your data is secure.

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Charges and fees

Ready to get connected?

For a quote or more information about how AARNet can help with your Azure ExpressRoute requirements, please contact our team.