Bob Stutz, corporate vice president of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, announced last week that starting later this year, users of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be able to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to CRM Online. This is great news for those users seeking increased control, predictable performance, and greater security over their network connections. This capability is something CRM Online users have been asking for since ExpressRoute launched last year. ExpressRoute provides its users with dedicated network connectivity through a private connection from their network to Microsoft Azure, and now the same option will be extended to CRM Online.
ExpressRoute gives you performance as predictable as your own on-premises environment, so it’s like having the full CRM Online solution in your own datacenter. Along with more predictable network performance, ExpressRoute will offer CRM Online users the ability to better manage network availability, and with ExpressRoute, most CRM Online network traffic can avoid the public internet, giving you extra data privacy.
With ExpressRoute, you’ll still have the benefits of the cloud, but you’ll have better network reliability and internet privacy. You can also use multiple ExpressRoute providers to establish ExpressRoute circuits in different geographic locations for additional redundancy and geo-resiliency.
Each ExpressRoute circuit automatically delivers two active physical connections for high availability, and the Microsoft networking elements are backed by a connection uptime SLA of 99.9 percent. Microsoft is the only public cloud provider that offers that level of guaranteed availability for the connection. ExpressRoute is available now for access to Azure services, and is expected to be available for CRM Online in the fourth quarter of 2015.