Global interconnection and colocation data center company, Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), has announced the immediate availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect cloud service in its Munich International Business Exchange (IBX) data center campus.
With AWS Direct Connect, companies can connect their customer-owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS Cloud, establishing a private connection to the cloud “that can reduce costs, increase performance, and deliver a more consistent network experience.” The Munich data center is Equinix’s second location in Germany to offer AWS Direct Connect. The company announced availability in Frankfurt in 2014. Munich brings the total number of Equinix metros offering the AWS Direct Connect cloud service to 14, globally.
By expanding AWS Direct Connect within Germany, Equinix and Amazon are enabling enterprise CIOs to advance their hybrid cloud strategies “by seamlessly and safely incorporating public cloud services into their existing architectures.”
Equinix’s Munich campus consists of two data centers comprised of 6,500 square meters (70,000 square feet) of colocation space. Together, the Munich data centers are business hubs for more than 70 companies. Equinix Munich customers can choose from a broad range of network services from more than 30 network providers. They can also interconnect to customers and partners in their digital supply chain.
Equinix Munich data centers have prime locations in one of Germany’s most important banking and insurance industry hubs. The region is also home to thriving automotive, Internet, digital media and electronics industries.
“We are thrilled to be adding another AWS Direct Connect site in our European footprint of data centers,” Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix. “It has always been our goal to help enterprises realize the full benefits of the cloud, while alleviating concerns of application latency or data privacy. By providing access to AWS via the Direct Connect service, we are empowering our customers to achieve improved performance of cloud-based applications.”
With the addition of Munich, Equinix now offers the AWS Direct Connect service in Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, Osaka, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.