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Microsoft Azure Now Part of the Masergy Cloud Marketplace

By Michael Guta July 23, 2015

Just as the desktop made way for the laptop and it did the same for smart mobile devices, applications are also evolving by migrating to virtual and hosted environments. The days of installing software on individual computing devices is coming to an end, and cloud computing is accelerating that process. With ‘as a service’ solutions now delivering everything from software to security, having a cloud management platform is becoming extremely important. Masergy Communications Inc., a global provider of managed networking and cloud services, announced the addition of Microsoft Azure to its Cloud Market place to give its customers a platform that simplifies IT management and minimizes up-front and ongoing expenses.

Masergy connected its global Software Defined Network (SDN) Platform to Azure’s data centers. This will give enterprise customers the reliability they need to access their Azure-hosted applications over Masergy’s high-performance network. As enterprises empower their employees with BYOD initiatives to work from anywhere and collaborate with colleagues, the quality of service (QoS) becomes very important.

With the Masergy network, customers can use many of its features to ensure optimum application performance and reliability. The collaboration between both companies will create advanced managed service features, including Intelligent Service Control for global bandwidth on demand and Intelligent Network Analyst for real-time network and application analysis. Both solutions give IT professionals advanced capabilities to monitor and analyze network traffic, application bottlenecks and make necessary changes to critical infrastructure.

“Finding the right cloud provider to host applications and web services is only part of the equation,” said Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy. “Organizations must also choose the best service provider to connect their corporate networks and data centers to the Azure cloud platform. Masergy simplifies this process by offering a fully-tested and predictable connection that ensures the application performance levels that businesses require.”

Intelligent Service Control (ISC) has a global on-demand network elasticity and control with an industry-unique feature delivering instant bandwidth that can be scaled on either direction to meet any application need. Administrators can increase or decrease port size and service planes in real-time from Web portals or mobile app. The actions can be carried out from anywhere in the world in real-time on any connected device. An additional benefit is customers only pay for the extra bandwidth used—and for the specified period of time in use, meaning you will no longer be tied to archaic contract agreements of traditional telecoms.

Masergy and Azure are bringing two proven platforms together so their customers can easily integrate cloud solutions without having to look for multiple vendors with disparate systems, which could prove to be incompatible. As a one stop shop for cloud services, the partnership will encourage more organizations to migrate to the cloud in greater numbers. 




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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