Global colocation and interconnectivity provider, Equinix, will provide private access to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute via its Equinix Cloud Exchange in the company’s Toronto (TR2) International Business Exchange (IBX) data center.
Canada-based companies will gain private access to both Azure and Office 365 while maintaining data residency in Canada. This deployment is part of Equinix’s global partnership with Microsoft which now directly connects 18 markets globally with Azure ExpressRoute.
By offering private access to Azure ExpressRoute and Office 365 across the global market, Equinix helps enterprise CIOs deploy hybrid cloud environments by “seamlessly” incorporating Azure and Office 365 services into their existing architectures.
Opened in 2015, Equinix’s TR2 colocation facility offers interconnections for more than 155 enterprise companies, financial services firms, and more than 60 cloud and network providers that have collocated with Equinix via the company’s original data center in Toronto, TR1.
Equinix is working with several reseller partners in the Canadian market to help customers quickly “realize the benefits” of Equinix Cloud Exchange and the Microsoft Cloud. These partners include Airgate, IMP Solutions, New Signature, Powerland and Solgenia.
Equinix has enabled enterprise customers to speed hybrid- and multi-cloud deployments by privately connecting to Azure in Equinix data centers across five continents including North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Equinix offers private connections to both Microsoft Azure and Office 365 in the following markets: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington D.C.
“We are thrilled to continue collaborating with Equinix and are happy to welcome them in Canada as an Azure ExpressRoute partner,” said Janet Kennedy, president of Microsoft Canada. “Equinix now connects to 18 markets globally with Azure ExpressRoute, helping to further business innovation and competitiveness in a cloud-first, mobile-first world.”