back to article Microsoft takes ExpressRoute to orbit to sling Azure services at backwaters via satellite

Microsoft has buddied up with a trio of satellite operators to hook up its Azure cloud to locations lacking connectivity. ExpressRoute is aimed at extending an on-premises network into Microsoft's cloud via a private connection courtesy of a connection provider. Rather than the public internet, express routes keep things …

  1. jonfr

    Data over satellite

    They must be using Ka band for data. It is on 26,5 to 40Ghz and is only used for data transfers. I don't know how much coverage they have or if this band is in use in the United States. This band is used in Europe for data transfers over satellite.

  2. TheVogon Silver badge

    " "fibre-like" performance"

    Like a fibre ~ 70,000KM long presumably.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's not that bad. Light in fibre-optic cables travels a much longer distance than across a microwave link. Granted, the Intelsat birds fly much higher than, say, StarLink, but they can make up some of the disadvantage compared to terrestial links.

  3. macjules Silver badge

    All this is..

    .. is simply yet another excuse for more Azure failure.

    Network Status:

    North America: Down

    Reason: Satellite collision with one of Musk’s

  4. Claptrap314 Silver badge


    Maybe they should focus on eliminating their global single points of failure before worrying about the next billion users.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Priorities

      My shoppe's workload is so mission-critical we're looking at a DR site on the moon as the Earth has been assessed as single point of failure risk.

  5. Jay Lenovo Silver badge

    Up-time is relative here

    Just the start of the new "Oort" cloud computing model.

  6. Denarius

    computer crash may have more unnerving meaning then

    with stuff more likely to collide as well as Redmonds offerings. To give illusion of fairness, Redmonds OS seems to more about freezing computers while 100% CPU happens for 10 seconds on one core while the others sit there and watch rather than a BSOD. Reminds me of early multiCPU HPUX boxes.

    I digress. With 5G and this, snooping will be so much easier.

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