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Equinix launches international Cloud Exchange

Advanced interconnection solution enables on-demand access to multiple Clouds across the globe

Global datacentre company, Equinix, has unveiled an international Cloud brokerage service to connect Cloud Service providers with customers.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple Clouds and multiple networks across the globe.

It enables Cloud service providers and customers to establish private, high-performance connections.

According to a company statement, the Equinix Cloud Exchange gives enterprises direct access to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid Cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.

Cloud and IT service providers compose the fastest growing segment for Equinix globally and account for a quarter of its business in Asia-Pacific.

The Cloud Exchange is positioned to further accelerate Equinix’s growth in the region.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange provides a secure path for businesses to access cloud resources at much higher throughput, according to a company statement.

"Tests run in the Equinix Solution Validation Centre showed increased throughput of 147 per cent when connecting directly to the cloud as compared to public Internet connections," the statement said.

It will combine the automated interconnection of Cloud, network and managed service providers with advanced service orchestration.

The Cloud Exchange Portal and APIs simplify the process of managing connections to multiple cloud services.

Businesses can use the portal and APIs to allocate, monitor and provision virtual circuits in near real-time with the provisioning of those circuits automated end-to-end from the Cloud Exchange to the service provider.

This provides faster performance, better reliability, increased security, and quicker and easier deployment of cloud applications.

Equinix Asia Pacific president, Samuel Lee, said, Asia-Pacific was more more conservative than other regions in terms of adoption of the public Cloud, as issues around security, compliance and traceability were traditionally top of mind for customer.

“However, by utilising direct access via the Equinix Cloud Exchange and bypassing the open, crowded Internet with its unavoidable risks, businesses no longer have to compromise on these essential requirements when accessing cloud providers,” he said.

More than 4500 customers, including 450 Cloud service providers and 975 networks, are deployed within Equinix’s more than 100 global datacentres.

It will be available on July 1.

Businesses will be able to join the Equinix Cloud Exchange in 16 markets globally – Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt – with expansion planned to a total of 19 markets by the end of 2014.