Viasat revealed its plans for a new business internet service known as Viasat Direct Cloud Connect, which will give Viasat customers expanded options for accessing cloud services. The Viasat Direct Cloud Connect service is expected to launch in the second half of calendar year 2019, and will first offer cloud connection services to Microsoft Azure via Azure ExpressRoute.
As a new Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner, Viasat aims to offer a dedicated network connection to Azure. Azure ExpressRoute creates a high-speed, low-latency, private link between a customer’s on-premises infrastructure or colocation facility and Azure cloud regions. This direct connection ensures Viasat’s business customers can take advantage of Azure’s integrated cloud services including: computing, database, analytics, networking, storage, and more. The private connection also ensures remote facilities remain central to a business’s cloud networking plans by ensuring these locations also have consistent access to a dedicated connection to Microsoft Azure cloud services.
“The Viasat Direct Cloud Connect service will enable our business customers to optimize their network infrastructure and cloud investments,” said Cody Catalena, vice president and general manager, Global Business Solutions at Viasat. “We expect that by partnering with Microsoft to enable our customers to connect directly to Microsoft Azure through Viasat’s Direct Cloud Connect service, they will gain significant benefits—from maintaining the network performance of their satellite-based business service to extending their data center capabilities with a scalable cloud-based infrastructure.”