Equinix Expands Collaboration with IBM Cloud
Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, has expanded its collaboration with IBM Cloud. The new move is aimed at bringing private and scalable connectivity to global enterprises at the digital edge via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company's distributed infrastructure, including the world's largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.
"Our extended collaboration to offer direct and private connectivity to the IBM Cloud Direct Link service via ECX Fabric is a key enabler to enterprise digital transformation efforts. With the global reach of the Equinix interconnection platform, combined with IBM Cloud, we can help enterprises deploy hybrid cloud solutions and scale their digital businesses at the edge with robust security," said Royce Thomas, SVP, Strategic Alliances and Global Account Management, Equinix.
The latest collaboration enhances the long-standing relationship between Equinix and IBM. IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange is deployed in more Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers worldwide than any other Direct Link Exchange provider.
According to Equinix, many companies are adopting a hybrid cloud strategy with a combination of public, private and on-premises capabilities. This helps them address major enterprise concerns such as security issues, data protection and protocols, availability, and cloud management. To make hybrid cloud deployments possible, Equinix and IBM are leveraging the global ECX Fabric to provide private connectivity to IBM Cloud, including Direct Link Exchange, Direct Link Dedicated and Direct Link Dedicated Hosting.
"With the ability to directly connect to business-critical applications from multiple points of presence within Equinix data centers located in key global metros, our customers can anticipate to more effectively integrate hybrid cloud strategies designed for improved security, reliability and performance," said Gabriel Montanti, Global Offering Executive, IBM Cloud.
Equinix has also joined the IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Program. It provides at least one Direct Link point of presence in all strategic markets of IBM. According to the company, these moves will help customers in 16 metros around the world can now create a secure, private cloud onramp to connect to IBM Cloud. They can utilize ECX Fabric to implement low-latency, hybrid cloud solutions that connect directly to IBM Cloud as they bypass the public internet.