Equinix announced on Tuesday that they have partnered with Microsoft to bring Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to 16 global markets. This is inside Equinix’s International Business exchange data centers.

Equinix customers can directly connect to Azure in Equinix IBX data centers in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. According to Equinix, it is the first data center provider to deliver the services globally.

ExpressRoute is currently available as a public preview offering Equinix IBX data centers in Silicon Valley, London, and Washington DC. The services will also be rolled out in multipe metro areas in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America throughout 2014.