Help with SP and ODfB Geo Locations and tracert explanation

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Hi, I could use some help with explaining a specific tracert to <tenant>

Our SharePoint tenant is located in the Europe data region. This can be verified by visiting where it says Europe as a location for SharePoint.

But when I ping<tenant> or <tenant> it points to

When I run a geolocation trace by IP (e.g. via this IP is located in Redmond, USA.



tracert []
über maximal 30 Hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  <interal gateway>
  2     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  <isp gateway>
  3     2 ms     1 ms     1 ms []
  4     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms []
  5     2 ms     3 ms     1 ms []
  6     2 ms     1 ms     1 ms []
  7     2 ms     1 ms     2 ms []
  8     *        *        *     Zeitüberschreitung der Anforderung.
  9     *        *        *     Zeitüberschreitung der Anforderung.
 10     *        *        *     Zeitüberschreitung der Anforderung.
 11     *        *        *     Zeitüberschreitung der Anforderung.
 12     2 ms     2 ms     1 ms

Now, when I run the same procedure on I get to which points to and this IP is "correctly" located in Austria, where a disclosed Microsoft Datacenter for Exchange is hosted. 


Why does the SharePoint tracert not point to any of the other 3 european (Netherlands, Ireland or Finland) datacenters?



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I could really use someone elses input on this matter. Maybe I'm missing something.

I've been referenced this page by Microsoft support, which I already knew. The page mentions this as a geo location for the EMEA Region:


United States
Azure Active Directory
Office 365
  • Sway
  • Yammer


No word on SharePoint for the US. So why does my tenant resolve and tracert to Redmond, USA? Even my Palo Alto firewall indicates a huge amount of traffic to this IP address, so I'm sure can't be just DNS queries or small stuff.