Equinix today announced that cloud provider GoGrid is now a participant in the Equinix Cloud Exchange, the service that enables customers to access cloud providers by means of a secure, direct internet connection that bypasses the public internet. By participating in the Equinix Cloud Exchange, GoGrid can offer customers faster, more secure connections to its cloud and Big Data solutions. The Equinix Cloud Exchange represents a particularly valuable addition to GoGrid’s deployment offerings because the speed and performance of the resultant connections enhances the ability to move Big Data based on platforms such as Hadoop, MongoDB, Cassandra, Riak and HBase from one infrastructure to another. As a result of the collaboration, GoGrid will connect its Cloud Bridge product offering, that delivers connectivity from customer datacenters to the GoGrid cloud, to the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Currently, GoGrid’s connection to the Equinix Cloud Exchange takes place by way of Equinix’s datacenter in Ashburn, VA, although it plans to extend its participation in the Equinix Cloud Exchange to Europe. The Equinix Cloud Exchange now boasts the participation of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Level 3 Communications, tw telecom and GoGrid. Assuming it can continue to sign up customers at an impressive clip, the Equinix Cloud Exchange promises to disrupt the cloud computing landscape by delivering an alternative networking infrastructure to the public internet marked by enhanced speed, security, performance and reliability.
Today, Equinix announced the launch of Equinix Cloud Exchange, a service that enables customers to access cloud providers by means of a direct, secure connection that bypasses use of the public internet. Equinix Cloud Exchange provides customers with a Cloud Exchange Portal and APIs that customers can use to create direct, high performance connections with cloud providers. Whereas enterprise customers are typically accustomed to provisioning virtual machines and managing infrastructure by means of the public internet, the Equinix Cloud Exchange promises to deliver an alternative networking infrastructure via Platform Equinix for connecting to managed service providers and cloud service providers that boasts enhanced privacy, throughput, latency, security and reliability. The Equinix Cloud Exchange delivers functionality analogous to Amazon Web Services direct connect and Microsoft Azure’s ExpressRoute service with the difference that instead of providing direct connections for one platform such as AWS or Azure, the product provides a one to many connection between customers and cloud service providers, thereby enabling an enterprise to enjoy the benefits of a direct, low latency, non-public internet connection to a collection of cloud vendors as illustrated below:
As told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with Chris Sharp, Equinix’s VP of Cloud Innovation, the architecture of the platform features highly stringent rules to prohibit the commingling of data between different customers. The Equinix Cloud Exchange also boasts the ability to create partitioned connections for different business units within an enterprise, or clusters of business units in order to segregate highly-sensitive data from operational data streams as needed. Equinix expects to announce the list of cloud service providers that integrate with its Cloud Exchange over the next few months. All in all, however, the platform represents a disruptive innovation in the cloud computing space that promises to transform the fabric of the networking architecture in and through which enterprise cloud computing takes place. With the Equinix Cloud Exchange, Equinix launches an alternative, proprietary infrastructure for cloud-based network traffic that provides a higher degree of privacy, security, speed, reliability and performance than the public internet. Equinix Cloud Exchange builds on its recent announcement of its support for direct connections to Microsoft Azure by means of the Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute platform, and taps into an urgent need in the marketplace for increasingly secure and reliable connections to cloud service providers.
Equinix today announces a partnership with Microsoft Azure whereby Equinix will render Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute available to 16 global markets by means of Equinix’s data centers. Equinix represents the first datacenter provider to facilitate such a significant global expansion of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, a service that allows Azure customers to connect datacenters to the Azure cloud by means of a private, non public-internet based, low latency connection that claims benefits such as improved connection reliability, performance and security. Currently, Equinix boasts over 100 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers all over the world that are home to the infrastructure of more than 450 cloud service providers. Equinix is no stranger to facilitating connections between enterprise infrastructures and the cloud services of public cloud vendors as exemplified by a recent case study featuring Foursquare, which used Equinix to create a hybrid cloud environment marked by the addition of a private cloud to its Amazon Web Services-hosted public cloud infrastructure. Foursquare’s creation of a hybrid cloud environment to accommodate its growth was simplified because of the availability of Amazon Web Services Direct Connect within the Equinix data center that housed Foursquare’s private cloud. Similarly, in the case of Microsoft Azure, because the “physical infrastructure for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute resides in Equinix’s data centers,” existing Equinix customers can reap the benefits of low latency, high throughput connections that are enabled by the connection to Azure through a data center within the Equinix ecosystem. In addition to rendering Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute available in data centers in Ashburn, VA and San Jose, Ca, Equinix plans to make the service available in data centers in London, Hong Kong and Singapore in 2014 as told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with Chris Sharp, Equinix’s VP of Cloud Innovation. Equinix’s support of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute stands to intensify the cloud wars between Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services even further by bolstering the direct connection capabilities of Azure and thereby rendering the Azure platform more appealing to enterprise customers that are interested in a private, low latency, secure connection that avoids use of the public internet.