Data center services company Equinix has launched a Cloud Exchange in Asia Pacific, an advanced interconnection solution that brings together cloud hosting service providers with cloud consumers enabling them to establish private, high-performance connections. The Equinix Cloud Exchange gives enterprises on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks across the globe.
“Generally speaking, Asia Pacific is more conservative than other regions in terms of adoption of public cloud hosting environments, as issues around security, compliance and traceability are traditionally top of mind for customers,” said Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific. “However, by utilizing direct access via the Equinix Cloud Exchange and bypassing the open, crowded Internet with its unavoidable risks, businesses no longer have to compromise on these essential requirements when accessing cloud providers.”
Equinix’s Cloud Exchange Portal and APIs would simplify the process of managing connections to multiple cloud hosting 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.
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Today over 4,500 customers, including 450 cloud hosting service providers and 975 networks, are deployed within Equinix’s more than 100 global data centers, which are located in close proximity to hundreds of thousands of enterprises. With the introduction of the Cloud Exchange, Equinix is leveraging the power of interconnection to bring cloud buyers and cloud hosting providers together in new ways to unlock full potential of cloud computing.
Businesses can now join the Equinix Cloud Exchange in 16 markets globally, not only in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo, but also in Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, with expansion planned to a total of 19 markets by the end of 2014.
In addition, Equinix has announced a data center expansion in the Asia Pacific region. The company has opened the second phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Hong Kong (HK3). The additional investment of $23 million provides space for an additional 650 cabinets, giving Equinix control of the entire building. The completed build now has capacity for 2,700 cabinets.