Equinix announces private connectivity for Azure IBX data centres
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The expansion of the service to Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan, Stockholm and Zurich, builds on Equinix’s integration with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute – extending its reach to 26…
Equinix has announced the availability of private connectivity to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute cloud services at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in multiple EMEA markets.
The expansion of the service to Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan, Stockholm and Zurich, builds on Equinix’s integration with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute – extending its reach to 26 metros globally, including nine in the EMEA market.
Improving access to cloud services is crucial in supporting the growing enterprise cloud adoption market. A recent independent survey commissioned by Equinix, found cloud is the number one driver of Channel engagement, with almost half (48%) of the 836 EMEA IT decision-makers surveyed, using the Channel to access cloud-based services.
Bob Breynaert, Global Managing Director, Strategic Alliances, Equinix said “In today’s global digital economy, interconnecting with digital services and customers at the edge – in multiple and often distant locations – is critical.
"By expanding our collaboration with Microsoft to bring Azure ExpressRoute to Equinix IBX data centers in 26 metros globally, we’re ensuring Microsoft can accelerate local and global Azure solutions, reducing their average deployment implementation from 8-9 months to 6-8 weeks.”
Direct access to a cloud onramp via an edge node is the most effective means to ensuring consistent and optimal performance, reliability and cost-efficiency. From the first quarter of 2020, customers in the five additional European metros can access Azure ExpressRoute through Equinix directly at all available speeds, consistent with the service currently offered for Azure ExpressRoute in existing markets globally.
“Engagement with Equinix accelerates Azure consumption with our enterprise customers – allowing for consistent and optimized Azure migrations" said Ross Ortega, Partner PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft.
"We are pleased to expand Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connections throughout Europe. This allows more businesses in these growing markets to access these services through the Equinix network of data centers and global interconnection platform.”