Equinix Partners With Microsoft To Bring Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute To Global Markets

By CIOReview | Monday, May 12, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CA: Equinix, an interconnection and data center company, announced a partnership to bring Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to 16 global markets inside Equinix International Business Exchange data centers. Customers can now directly connect to Azure in Equinix IBX data centers across five continents which include North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Companies are looking for cloud connectivity alternatives which offer more consistent performance than the public Internet can provide; while businesses require low-latency and reliable connectivity for distributed applications which are delivered via the hybrid cloud model. With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Equinix and Microsoft are enabling high-performance hybrid cloud on a global basis.

Chris Sharp, Vice President, Cloud Innovation, Equinix, said, “"We are witnessing a significant shift in how enterprises operate as they adopt hybrid cloud, and they are looking to effectively address performance and security concerns often associated with the cloud, while still benefiting from the flexibility it provides. By expanding our partnership with Microsoft, we are able to offer our customers a secure, flexible and reliable connection to the Microsoft Azure cloud in 16 strategic markets around the world. Only Equinix’s global data center footprint can provide enterprises this scale and reach with Microsoft."

ExpressRoute helps customers bridge the public cloud and on-premise IT to cost effectively and securely extend enterprise networks while improving performance, reliability and scalability. Due to the private, high throughput, lower latency connection between customer data centers and Microsoft Azure, Equinix enables enterprise customers to easily deploy hybrid cloud environments that extend their networks and enhance on-premises investments.

Microsoft’s physical infrastructure for Azure ExpressRoute resides in Equinix data centers. It is also available via an Equinix switching fabric that provides secure connectivity and real-time provisioning. By connecting to ExpressRoute across Platform Equinix, companies can bridge their cloud and data center strategies, and benefit by the complete integration between cloud services and internal applications. As ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, they offer higher security than typical connections, with access to a multitude of network service providers who are a part of Equinix’s business ecosystems.

Azure is leveraged for workloads which include Big Data, storage, backup and recovery, hybrid applications, productivity applications and media.

Microsoft uses Equinix data centers to benefit from access to over 975 networks, as well as the ability to scale across Equinix’s global platform which includes more than 450 cloud and 600 IT service providers. With this partnership Microsoft has the ability to interconnect with Equinix’s 4,500 customers around the globe. The company’s data centers are an interconnection point for companies to directly and securely access the public and private cloud services. Once connected within an Equinix global data center, these businesses can select cloud services to create an architecture that best fits their objectives.

ExpressRoute is available as a “public preview” offering in Equinix IBX data centers in SiliconValley, Washington, D.C. and in London. It will be available in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America throughout 2014.

According to Steven Martin, General Manager, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft, said, “Enterprises are drawn to hybrid cloud to benefit from cloud computing efficiencies, while maximizing their existing infrastructure. With 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies already using Microsoft Azure combined with Equinix’s global data center footprint, we look forward to working together to help customers bridge their cloud and on-premises technology to build hybrid environments with enterprise-grade control and reliability."