Equinix Offers Direct Connect to Amazon Cloud

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Colocation customers in Equinix data centers can now connect their infrastructure directly to Amazon Web Services via AWS Direct Connect, establishing a private network connection that can reduce network costs and increase throughput.

AWS Direct Connect is currently available in Equinix IBX data centers in the company’s Ashburn, Va campus, and will be available in additional facilities later this year. The service will make it easier for hundreds of enterprise customers to access Amazon’s cloud services.

“We’re very pleased to work with Amazon Web Services to provide customers in our facilities with an easy onramp to the cloud through AWS Direct Connect,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Equinix. “AWS Direct Connect opens up a wide range of exciting new possibilities in hybrid cloud computing and will allow customers in Equinix facilities to leverage Amazon Web Services as if it was part of their own infrastructure.”

For Equinix customers, connectivity via AWS Direct Connect provides a wide range of new deployment scenarios, including:

  • Integration with core-internal applications: High bandwidth, low latency connectivity allows customers to treat AWS instances as part of the data center LAN and integrate cloud strategy into more applications.
  • High volume data processing: High bandwidth connectivity will allow Equinix customers to efficiently move much larger data volumes into and out of AWS, allowing for import/export of large-scale data sets for high peformance computing (HPC) applications.
  • Direct storage connectivity: Private, high throughput access to AWS allows for more regular migration/replication of data from AWS into customer-managed storage solutions, allowing for more homogenous business continuity/disaster recovery policies, and retention strategies.
  • Custom hardware integration: High throughput access to AWS allows for integration of custom hardware solutions into the AWS workflow, with real-time streaming of data to and from AWS.

Equinix has a page on its web site offering more information

Equinix (EQIX) provides colocation and interconnection services to more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies and 650 network service providers. Equinix now operates 96 data centers in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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