30-04-2014, 11:21 #1
[EN] Equinix Launches Cloud ExchangeREDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Equinix, Inc. (EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the launch of the Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks across the globe. By bringing together cloud service providers with cloud consumers and enabling them to establish private, high-performance connections, the Equinix Cloud Exchange gives enterprises direct access to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers.
Until now, companies concerned about relying on the open Internet for mission-critical business did not have a secure, reliable and scalable connectivity solution for a multi-cloud environment. By eliminating the bottlenecks associated with traditional cloud access across the public Internet, the Equinix Cloud Exchange provides a secure path for businesses to access cloud resources at much higher throughput. In fact, tests run in the Equinix Solution Validation Center showed increased throughput of 147 percent when connecting directly to the cloud as compared to public Internet connections.
Systems integrators, IT services companies, SaaS and IaaS providers, networks and cloud enablers can all leverage the Equinix Cloud Exchange to rapidly advance their cloud computing agendas, scale their businesses globally and speed their time to market. At the same time, enterprises can achieve significant benefits by connecting through the Equinix Cloud Exchange, including increasing the privacy, performance and reliability of cloud service connections.
Businesses can join the Equinix Cloud Exchange in 13 markets globally – Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris – with expansion planned to a total of 19 markets by the end of 2014. Today customers can connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London with planned expansions into 13 additional markets by the end of 2014.
Customers can also access Amazon Web Services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London. In addition, Equinix is working with other key cloud and network service providers to provide access to their services via the Cloud Exchange.
Next-Generation Interconnection Capabilities Enable High-Performance Multi-Cloud Environment
Representing an industry first, the Equinix Cloud Exchange will combine the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers with advanced service orchestration, providing enterprises with simple, scalable, direct access to the multiple cloud services they need to build highly flexible hybrid cloud solutions.
Equinix's 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 breakthrough capability provides faster performance, better reliability, increased security, and quicker and easier deployment of cloud applications, bringing significant benefits to the broad community of industry participants looking to realize the benefits of cloud computing.
"As an increasing number of enterprises move to the cloud, they require a new level of interconnectivity to access multiple clouds, across multiple sites, from a broad range of networks," said Tony Bishop, chief strategy officer at The 451 Group. "With its global datacenter footprint and extensive ecosystem of network and cloud service providers, the Equinix Cloud Exchange addresses many of the most pressing challenges holding corporate users back from relying on the cloud for mission-critical business including latency, security and performance issues."
Interconnection Track Record Positions Equinix to Solve Pressing Cloud Connectivity Challenges
Equinix earned a position as the world's leading data center and interconnection company by enabling the growth of the most influential and highly interconnected business ecosystems in the IT industry. This 15-year track record has made the company the trusted home to the widest range of networks, cloud providers and prospective cloud services customers in the world.
"Just as it was with the Internet, the key to realizing the business benefits of the cloud is how well connected it is," said Ihab Tarazi, chief technology officer at Equinix. "But companies are recognizing that the Internet has security and performance limitations, given that it is inherently open and shared publicly. By utilizing direct access via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, businesses no longer have to compromise on these essential requirements when accessing cloud providers."
Today over 4,500 customers, including 450 cloud service providers and 975 networks, are deployed within Equinix's 100+ global data centers, which are located in close proximity to hundreds of thousands of enterprises. With the introduction of Cloud Exchange, Equinix is building upon its successful heritage and leveraging the power of interconnection to bring cloud buyers and providers together in new ways to realize the benefits of cloud computing.
30-04-2014, 11:23 #2
Cloud Complexity, SimplifiedIt’s hard in technology to make things simpler, but there is usually good money in it.
Case in point: Equinix, a global provider of computer data centers and interconnections, said on Wednesday it would offer a way for companies to tie their corporate systems to huge cloud computing systems like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. It works through a portal, something like a web page, so that everything appears to be in one place.
The idea is to help companies manage an increasing number of technology options, including their own computers, outside computing and some of the third-party services being built on top of the new technologies. The Equinix product, called Cloud Exchange, also helps manage telecommunications options like those offered by AT&T and Verizon.
In addition, independent software developers can offer products like advanced security or specialized networking through the portal. An Equinix official said the system might also be a way that companies could use cloud-based enterprise services like Salesforce or Workday.
“Companies can have their own network for things like finance, and a little Amazon, a little Azure,” said Chris Sharp, vice president for cloud innovation at Equinix. “The goal is to get a network of computers that is as elastic as a single cloud service.”
It’s an ambitious goal. An “elastic” computing service is one in which data storage or computing power can be rented or abandoned according to need, changing frequently. What Equinix hopes to do is to woo lots of big corporate clients into its facilities, by promising to simplify what has become over the past decade a mess of choices and fixes.
With 101 data centers on five continents, it arguably has the facilities and speed. At first Equinix will offer Cloud Exchange in 13 markets in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Mr. Sharp said the system was initially planned to run information at either one gigabit or 10 gigabits per second, but it was designed to eventually work at 100 gigabits per second.
What remains uncertain is whether the company can win corporate customers the way it has won computing companies like Microsoft, Google, Dropbox and many others that keep computers in Equinix. Selling to businesses that use technology for things like manufacturing and health care is different from selling to tech companies.
Equinix is working inside a growing trend, however. Last month Cisco Systems announced a plan to spend $1 billion on an “intercloud” that would connect several cloud systems on a high-performance network. Several start-ups are also examining technologies that could manage several cloud systems under a single system of control.
“Businesses want hybrid solutions” among many providers of both computing services and software, said Yousef Khalidi, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft responsible for Azure. “The parts are already there, but without something like this it could take weeks and months to make it work. This could do it in hours.”
Given the ceaseless pendulum swings of technology, the move to simplified management from complex parts has always led in time to new kinds of complexity. What’s next?
“This controls systems,” Mr. Khalidi said. “Next is how we manage seas of data and computation on a global basis.”
30-04-2014, 11:25 #3
A Week Connecting the CloudApril 30th, 2014 by Rob Powell
Ok, I think it’s clear that one of this year’s main themes in the networking and colo worlds is going to be cloud connectivity. Everyone is jockeying for position, and this week we have at least three significant moves — one by Equinix just this morning in advance of earnings later, one yesterday from Level 3 and Digital Realty, and one the day before over at DuPont Fabros and tw telecom.
Equinix went all in on cloud interconnection just this morning, unveiling an ambitious new Cloud Exchange aimed at helping customers manage the connectivity needed for multi-cloud environments. Equinix has always had one of the most well developed ecosystems, which the new cloud exchange aims to build on. The two clouds initially targeted are of course Amazon’s AWS and MicroSoft’s Azure.
Meanwhile, Digital Realty and Level 3 have joined forces for cloud connectivity. The goal here is the same, i.e. providing direct connections to Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. But in this case it’s an alliance of a giant space wholesaler with a giant bandwidth wholesaler, which makes plenty of sense given how tightly connectivity and cloud computing infrastructure are becoming intertwined.
And the day before that it was DuPont Fabros teaming up with a network operator. They tapped tw telecom for direct connectivity to Amazon’s AWS from five of the company’s data center. The lucky facilities include four in northern Virginia (ACC4, ACC5, ACC6, VA3) and one in Chicago (DC1). tw telecom has been spending recent quarters building a highly automated network capable of doing great things for cloud connectivity for enterprises.
Of course, earlier this month we saw a global network operator rebrand itself entirely into the new vocabulary, as Reliance Globalcom became Global Cloud Xchange. And there have been any number of other examples by companies large and small. And to think cross connects and Ethernet private lines weren’t already sexy enough.