NextDC already offers ExpressRoute from its Melbourne M1 and Perth P1 locations.
ExpressRoute is accessed via NextDC’s Axon connectivity platform, giving private and dedicated connectivity to Azure to enable hybrid architectures.
"Our vision is to empower our customers to harness the full power of the digital age and the introduction of this direct hosting location is an important investment for Microsoft Azure customers.
"It emphasises our dedication to building a national network of the most cloud connected, and cloud enabled data centres that deliver superior cloud connectivity services to our partners and customers," said NextDC chief customer officer and executive vice president of technology David Dzienciol.
He pointed out that the move provides NextDC's Sydney customers with "the most direct, high performance, low latency connections" to Azure.
Microsoft Azure partner PM manager Ross Ortega said “It is great to see NextDC expand Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute sites across the country.
"The addition of a second ExpressRoute site in Sydney [the first was Equinix's SY2 data centre] will support our customers with direct and predictable access to their Azure cloud services. We look forward to NextDC’s continued growth of Azure in Australia.”