Avoid Cloud Bill Shock with Azure ExpressRoute Local and Megaport

Avoid Cloud Bill Shock with Azure ExpressRoute Local and Megaport

Data egress fees add up quickly, but you can avoid those fees with a low-cost private network connection from Megaport.

Nobody likes bill shock, whether you are a parent getting the news that your child rented Frozen 17 times, or a CIO who promised her CEO that the cloud would reduce technology OPEX.

We can’t help you change your children’s movie-watching habits, but we do know networking and cloud costs. Egress charges (the cost for data leaving your cloud provider) will typically make up a large chunk of your cloud expenses. On average, data egress is charged at 10 cents per gigabyte. Moving 25 terabytes out of the cloud to your on-prem or another cloud provider could cost $2,500 in egress fees through a public internet (even via a VPN).

Dealing with the Heavy Cost of Data Egress

Cloud providers will discount egress costs if enterprises connect directly over a private layer 2 link rather than the public internet or VPN. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is one such provider. They even have an optional Unlimited Data plan, which, although expensive compared to the metered access, can make sense for certain organisations or projects.

ExpressRoute TypeStandard Metered Standard Unlimited
1 Gbps$436 pm$5,700 pm
Egress data includedZeroUnlimited

Avoid Unnecessary Egress Fees with Megaport

This is where Megaport can help. With our expansive Software Defined Network and access to more cloud on-ramps than anyone else (197 as of August 2020), a customer can access the Azure Local SKU from any of our 700-plus Megaport-enabled locations. An Azure Local VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) can be provisioned on-demand through the Megaport self-serve portal with completely flexible terms and zero setup fees.

Below is a list of the ExpressRoute Local enabled on-ramps accessible via the Megaport fabric.

Azure MetroMegaport LocationLocal SKU — Azure region
AmsterdamEquinix AM5West Europe
BerlinNTT GDCGermany North
ChicagoEquinix CH1North Central US
DenverCoreSite DE1West Central US
Dubai2du datamenaUAE North
DublinEquinix DB3North Europe
FrankfurtInterxion FRA11Germany West Central
GenevaEquinix GV2Switzerland West
Hong KongEquinix HK1East Asia
LondonEquinix LD5UK South
London2Telehouse North TwoUK South
MelbourneNextDC M1Australia Southeast
OsakaEquinix OS1Japan West
OsloDigiPlex UlvenNorway East
ParisInterxion PAR5France Central
Quebec CityVantageCanada East
San AntonioCyrusOne SA1South Central US
SeattleEquinix SE2West US 2
Silicon ValleyEquinix SV1West US
SingaporeEquinix SG1Southeast Asia
Singapore2Global Switch Tai SengSoutheast Asia
StavangerGreen Mountain DC1Norway West
SydneyEquinix SY2Australia East
Sydney2NextDC S1Australia East
TokyoEquinix TY4Japan East
TorontoCologix TOR1Canada Central
Washington DCEquinix DC2East US, East US 2
Washington DC2Coresite RestonEast US, East US 2
ZurichInterxion ZUR2Switzerland North

An Azure ExpressRoute Local Use Case

One of Megaport’s Denver customers recently faced a challenge. The local Azure on-ramp in Denver allowed only unlimited data from the Azure West Central region, but the customer needed to pull data regularly from the South Central region. The volume of data egressing required a 10 Gbps connection, so an Azure Standard Unlimited connection (which allows unlimited egress from any Azure region in the US) would have cost them an eye-watering $51,300 per month according to Microsoft’s pricing table.

Azure Unlimited Data plan pricing 2020

Working with the  Megaport team, the customer achieved a more cost effective solution. Via a Megaport 10 Gbps VXC from their co-lo in Denver to San Antonio ($1,900 per month), the customer was able to connect into the South Central Azure on-ramp with a Local SKU ($5,500 per month). This equates to a monthly saving of $43,000 — an 86% reduction based on the original option.

That’s equivalent to the cost of a lot of children’s movie rentals. 

To Learn More

To learn more about how Megaport can help both reduce and provide predictable Microsoft Azure transport costs, please visit The Easiest Way to Connect to Microsoft Azure.

James McElvanna
Solutions Architect

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