Windows Azure: Can we have a non-US outgoing IP Address on Azure?
The answer is NO. I am not sure the reason behind but it’s pretty funny for those who come from Amazon EC2. Currently, there are several regions that you can choose when you create a new virtual machine on Windows Azure.
You can checkout the IP range information on Azure data centers here ( link: Windows Azure Datacenter IP Ranges ) But creating a VM on non-US region doesn’t mean you will get the outgoing IP address from that region. It might be something new for some of us. I met with some Azure MVPs and MS folks who are promoting Azure so I shared this story with them but they asked me to share the screenshots so I am sharing them here..
Here is the steps (with screenshots) for my testing. (Note: I already deleted this test VM after capturing the screenshots. Don’t worry guys! )
- I created a virtual machine in “West Europe” region.
- Ok. It is created successfully.
- But you see! I got US IP even I created my VM in Europe region.
That’s but I am not an Azure expert so feel free to share if i miss out something or if you know the reason why Azure is using the US IP address range for outgoing traffic.
I also googled about it and here is what I found.
Every Azure IP address is registered to Microsoft in the US. There is no option for support to provide you with a “European IP address” since such a thing doesn’t exist in Azure. You should work with the other service provider to explore alternative options to requiring IP addresses registered to a European address since their strategy ultimately won’t work as more services move to shared cloud infrastructures.