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Microsoft Azure Peering Service

What is Microsoft Azure Peering Service

Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS) is a partnership program with key service providers to provide best-in-class public Internet connectivity to the enterprise customer. 
FirstNet are proud to be part of the program offering direct, highly available, geo-redundant connections and optimized routing to the Microsoft global network. 

When  selecting FirstNet as your service provider, you are  selecting an ISP which is connected to Microsoft through fully redundant connections. These connections are optimized for high throughput, better latency and at an edge location that is close to your business.

How does this help my business?



Several carriers already have PNIs 
(private network interconnect) with Microsoft at several locations throughout the world. Microsoft customers seek ISPs that have substantial peering relationship with Microsoft so that they get high throughput and low latency connectivity to Microsoft. Carriers can highlight this investment with Microsoft to customers and offer enterprise grade connectivity to Microsoft.

Several carriers are offering or planning to offer managed SD-WAN services to enterprisecustomers. MAPS aims to provide a SLA based Public IP with a higher assurance to Microsoft users. MAPS complements the SD-WAN value proposition of using internet for business-critical applications by strengthening the public path to Microsoft.

Several carriers are planning to differentiate their IP services as applications migrate to public
cloud and internet becomes the preferred way for some of these use cases. Moreover, a global enterprise with multiple branch locations is seeking for simplified service experience. A carrier can offer roll-in the best practices, service, and other value add optimizations The value of such carrier offering can be future enhanced by combining with MAPS connectivity to Microsoft.