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Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Services


As you may be aware, Cloud-based applications require network access. However, when accessing any Cloud platform, connectivity relies on public internet. While inexpensive, it’s certainly not the most secure pathway to transfer valuable business data between locations, Cloud providers or data centres. A Direct Connect or ExpressRoute service protects valuable business data by establishing a private, dedicated connection at network level, directly to your Cloud provider in a secure, reliable way.

“According to a study conducted by the UK’s Office for National Statistics, small businesses could be losing out on two and a half working weeks a year from employees, due to poor internet connections and technology issues. “

With North London-based TWC IT Solutions’ Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute services, you can increase your network flexibility, whilst creating connectivity that becomes a seamless extension of your enterprise network.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS):

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of the E-commerce giant, Amazon, specialising in on-demand Cloud computing platforms and APIs on a pay-as-you-go basis. Gartner has recognised AWS as the recommended approach for running enterprise applications requiring high availability.

AWS offers a selection of global Cloud-based products such as compute, storage, databases with analytics, networking, security and Internet-of-Things (IoT), among other applications. The Amazon EC2 web service offered by TWC is a secure, resizable compute capacity in the Cloud with 400Gbps ethernet networking. The interface allows users to obtain and configure capacity with minimal disruption and grants complete computing resources control.


Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute:

Microsoft Azure is a public Cloud computing platform to build, test, deploy and manage applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centres. Microsoft ExpressRoute lets you extend on-premises networks into the Microsoft Cloud over a private connection with a connectivity provider.

It also allows you to establish connections to Microsoft Cloud services like Azure and Microsoft 365. It can be an any-to-any (IP VPN) network, a point-to-point Ethernet network or a virtual cross-connection through a connectivity provider at a third-party data centre. The ExpressRoute connections are not using the public Internet, therefore are more reliable, faster, and offer higher security than typical Internet connections. 


Google Cloud Platform:

Google’s Cloud platform specialises in Cloud computing services, including data management, hybrid & multi-Cloud and AI & ML, available in 200+ countries and territories, with 25 Cloud regions and 76 zones. With the Google Cloud Hybrid Connectivity application, you can connect your infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform from any location, on your terms.

This will establish enterprise-grade connections to your Google VPC, supported by industry-leading SLAs. The Cloud Interconnect feature allows you to choose between a 10Gbps or 100Gbps bearer pipe and connect directly to a Google location with Dedicated Interconnect or flexible bandwidth options (50Mbps to 10Gbps). You’ll get the most of your Cloud with the Cloud VPN, connecting your on-premises or other public Cloud networks directly to Google VPC, securely.

Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Service Benefits

Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Service Benefits

No business downtime: Simply, if your Cloud connections are down, your business is down. Our industry-leading SLAs ensure you are always up and never have to face a business downtime.
Immediate technician support: One of the most significant benefits of a Managed LAN service is the 24/7/365 support of TWC’s specialist IT team and field engineers, ready to immediately assist and resolve any potential network issues.
Elastic web-scale computing: The ability to increase and decrease capacity within minutes.
Decreased stress, increased savings: Outsourcing the infrastructure of the LAN management to an IT provider can save your business a tremendous amount of money in the long run.
Complete control: Root access to each instance and the option of interacting with them as you would with any machine.
Focus solely on your business: As the monitoring activity and any potential troubleshooting is taken care of by TWC IT Solutions, increased productivity levels allow you to focus on the core of your business.
Flexible Cloud hosting services: With having multiple instance types, operating systems and software packages, you have the option of selecting the configuration of memory, CPU, instance storage and the boot partition size to suit your choice of application.
Detailed, real-time troubleshooting report: As part of an SLA, you receive detailed reports about any issues that may occur to help you stay ahead of any challenges in the future.
Reliable environment: Replacement instances can be commissioned quickly and predictably through a service running through a secure data centre and proven network infrastructure.
Tailored solutions: The scale of this solution entirely reflects your business needs as you get to decide the level of support to serve you best.
Layer 3 connectivity: An existing Layer 3 connectivity between on-premise networks and the Cloud, through a connectivity provider.
Minimal network downtime: By monitoring and identifying outages and responding to issues occurring immediately, you can reduce any business downtime.
Connect to Cloud services: You are able to connect your Cloud services across all regions in the geopolitical area.
Minimal network downtime: By monitoring and identifying outages and responding to issues occurring immediately, you can reduce any business downtime.
Connections for every workload: There is a solution for connecting your infrastructure to the Cloud regardless of the size of your company or current budget, with private links to extend your on-premise environment to GCP.
Minimal network downtime: By monitoring and identifying outages and responding to issues occurring immediately, you can reduce any business downtime.
Seamless transition: Connect your on-premise resource to your Cloud Platform with minimum interruption and reliable speed.
Minimal network downtime: By monitoring and identifying outages and responding to issues occurring immediately, you can reduce any business downtime.

Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Services Key Features

  • Bare metal instances
  • Optimised compute performance and cost
  • The ability to pause and resume instances
  • GPU compute and graphics instances
  • Dense HDD storage instances
  • Optimised CPU configurations
  • Flexible storage options
  • Elastic IP addresses
  • Rich connectivity partner ecosystem
  • Connectivity to global Cloud platforms
  • ExpressRoute direct
  • Bandwidth options
  • Dynamic scaling of bandwidth
  • Flexible, low-cost VPN
  • Access internal IPs directly
  • Opting out from deploying redundant devices

Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Services Pricing

Choosing the right Cloud connection service for your business can be a long and painful guessing game. Kick off your Cloud journey with the help of TWC IT Solutions’ specialist engineering team and gain access to our 24/7/365 specialist support. Let us know your preferences and we will customise a solution based on your requirements.

Our Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute Services start from £100/month.

Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute services in London FAQ

What is Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute?
Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute are a point-to-point networks that connect private off-net connections from client sites to their Cloud tenants. A Private off-net internet connection that does not utilise the public internet service.
Can I connect my Cloud platform directly to a PC?
Yes. As you are in direct contact, you can connect your on-premise resource to your Cloud, seamlessly, whilst allowing you to extend your organisations’ data centre network.
Managed Cloud Direct Connect & ExpressRoute vs unmanaged? Which is better for an SME?
Trying to manage a Cloud connection means having higher expenses, as you will need to hire and train network staff. However, using a managed Cloud provider like TWC IT Solutions means you’ll have an external team of IT experts available at your disposal to implement and monitor your tailor-made Cloud solution.
What is the best Cloud connection solution for an SME?
AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform offer various Cloud direct options with affordable pricing, good support and versatile features for businesses of any size. However, current applications (e.g. MS Office 365 or G-Suite) and other preferences should also be considered.
What are TWC's other Connectivity services?
Does TWC offer 24/7 support in case something goes wrong?
Absolutely. TWC is one of the few companies with  ‘follow-the-sun’ locations in the UK, Asia and the Americas, which makes us able to support our client base 24/7/365.
I’m interested in receiving a quote from TWC. What are the next steps?
Just hit the button below and ask for a quote based on your company’s needs. We will get back to you within less than 48 hours.
My business is not London based. Can TWC still offer me a reliable Endpoint protection service?
Of course. As an Endpoint protection service is installed and managed remotely through a centralised portal by IT professionals, your business doesn’t have to be London-based. We operate across three different countries – North London in the UK, Jersey City in the USA and Central, Hong Kong – globally across three different time zones, so should you need any assistance, we are here for you.
What advantages does ExpressRoute have over standard routing?
ExpressRoute has several benefits such as:

  • higher speeds
  • high reliability
  • higher security
  • lower and consistent latencies 
What are the 3 ExpressRoute connectivity models?
The three express route connectivity models are:

  • CloudExchange Co-location
  • Point-to-point Ethernet Connection
  • Any-to-any (IPVPN) Connection.
What is the difference between ExpressRoute and ExpressRoute Direct?
ExpressRoute Direct offers the same enterprise-class SLA with redundant active/active connectivity to the Microsoft global network. The ExpressRoute infrastructure is redundant, and connectivity to the Microsoft global network is diverse and scales with customer needs.
What is ExpressRoute connectivity used for?
ExpressRoute allows  you to extend your on-premises networks into the cloud over a private connection with the help of a connectivity provider. With ExpressRoute, you can establish connections to cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and others.
What are cloud solutions services?
Cloud computing is the distribution of computing services over the Internet to provide quicker innovation, adaptable resources, and economies of scale. Today, both organisations and people deploy a variety of cloud computing applications. Streaming platforms for either audio or video, where the actual media files are kept remotely, are one type of cloud service. Platforms for data storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box would be an additional option.
Which is the best cloud service provider?
Since it takes extra work to choose the finest cloud solution provider, this is not a one-word response. There are many cloud service providers available nowadays, meaning that to choose the best, you must consider your company’s demands first.

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