Cloud Connect: Microsoft Azure

Using Cloud Connect on Digital Exchange and a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute circuit, you can extend your Cyxtera virtual network to your Azure public cloud.

You can create a direct and private connection between your Cyxtera infrastructure and the Microsoft Azure public cloud.

The service works with an Azure ExpressRoute circuit.

To connect a virtual network to Microsoft Azure, follow these steps:

  1. Before you can connect your Cyxtera infrastructure to Azure, you need to create an ExpressRoute circuit. You create it in the Azure portal. Use these configuration options:

Port type


Create new or import from classic

Create New




500 Mbps
Bandwidth must be one of the supported options (50/100/200/500/1000 Mbps). Not all bandwidth options may be available in all Azure locations.


Choose a location in the geographic region where you want to receive traffic


Choose the appropriate SKU for your use case

Billing Model

Choose your preferred billing model

Allow classic operations


  1. After you’ve created your ExpressRoute circuit, navigate to it in the Azure portal. Find the service key, and copy it. The service key uniquely identifies this ExpressRoute circuit, which we will use to make the connection from our side.
  2. Sign in to the Cyxtera portal.
  3. On the navbar on the left, click Digital Exchange.
  4. Choose one of your locations, shown at the top of the screen.
  1. Scroll down the screen to find the Connections section. Here you can see your Digital Cross Connects, Cloud On-Ramp Connections, and Metro-to-Metro Connections.
  1. Click Order Connection on the right.
  2. From the Create New Connection screen, choose Microsoft Azure.
  1. Enter a name for this connection.
  2. Choose a virtual network to connect to Microsoft Azure. If you want to use an existing virtual network, choose it from the VLAN menu.
  1. Alternatively, you can create a new virtual network by clicking Create New. Enter a name and VLAN number, and click Create Network.
  1. Enter the ExpressRoute service key for the Azure ExpressRoute circuit you want to connect to. Click Continue With Service Key.
  1. On the right, you’ll see a summary of your order. Click Checkout and submit the order.
  2. You’ll see a confirmation that your order is being provisioned. You can see the connection by going to the Digital Exchange and choosing your connected location. In the Connections section, click Cloud On-Ramps.

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