Equinix launches Cloud Exchange
For organisations that need fast access to multiple cloud providers, data centre specialist Equinix has developed Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution to provide direct access to the biggest global cloud service providers (CSP), including Microsoft Azure and Office 365.
According to Equinix, the Cloud Exchange service allows enterprises to mix and match each nuanced digital requirement with the CSP that best caters to it.
Driven by demand, the company said that its data centres house “a growing cloud ecosystem” of more than 500 CSPs and SaaS solutions globally. The global Cloud Exchange platform, says Equinix, offers direct, private connections to CSPs, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, IBM SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Office 365, Oracle Cloud and Salesforce. Through Microsoft, Irish customers will gain from a dedicated, high-throughput network connection between Microsoft Azure data centres and their own on-premises IT environments.
Equinix argues that eliminating the need to build separate connections with each individual CSP, enables Cloud Exchange to offer greater speed to market and scalability. The technology behind the Cloud Exchange makes it possible to interconnect with multiple cloud services in near real time. Bypassing public Internet, the solution offers faster private cloud connectivity, removing the security and time concerns that many businesses have when considering cloud adoption. Testing by Equinix has found that businesses can increase data throughput by up to 147% when using Cloud Exchange, as opposed to public internet connections.
The Irish cloud market is growing slightly faster than the European market as a whole,” said James Eibisch, research director, IDC. “There has been an enormous amount of investment in cloud in Ireland resulting in a great level of supply for such a relatively small market. The uptake of cloud and the evolution to multi-cloud will have a knock-on effect on the economy and help propel it towards the digital age.”
“We are pleased to see Equinix’s commitment to Microsoft ExpressRoute,” said Ross Ortega, partner programme manager, Azure Networking, Microsoft, “as it expands Equinix Cloud Exchange into new markets. Our continued collaboration gives customers seamless, automated, real-time provisioning capabilities and tools to allow them to adopt Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365.”
The launch of Cloud Exchange in Ireland represents a cumulative investment by Equinix of around €18.5 million.