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Equinix moves to unleash potential of high performance hybrid cloud

Fri 2 May 2014

Leading data centre operator Equinix is to offer an interconnection solution that allows ‘seamless, on-demand and direct access’ to multiple clouds and networks across the globe.

Called Equinix Cloud Exchange, it brings together the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers and advanced service orchestration to let cloud consumers create automatic, private, high-performance connections so they can build hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix’s network. This network includes those of its partners Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

A spokesman for Equinix said that previously companies were reticent about using the open internet for mission-critical business without having “a secure, reliable and scalable connectivity solution for a multi-cloud environment”. He said Equinix Cloud Exchange eliminates the bottlenecks associated with traditional cloud access across the public internet and provides a secure path at a much higher throughput. “In fact, tests run in the Equinix Solution Validation Center showed increased throughput of 147% when connecting directly to the cloud as compared to public Internet connections,” he added.

“Just as it was with the internet, the key to realising the business benefits of the cloud is how well connected it is,” said Ihab Tarazi, chief technology officer at Equinix. “But companies are recognising that the internet has security and performance limitations, given that it is inherently open and shared publicly. By utilising direct access via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, businesses no longer have to compromise on these essential requirements when accessing cloud providers.”

Equinix has over 100 data centres in 13 markets in North America and Europe and has planned an expansion to 19 markets by the end of 2014.

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