Global colocation and interconnection provider Equinix has expanded its partnership with VMware. Working together since 2013 to enable hybrid IT infrastructures, VMware will support Equinix as a global colocation provider for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. This would further help customers simplify complex hybrid multi-cloud deployments while accelerating their digital transformation in public cloud and edge deployments.
Equinix and VMware are teaming together to develop solutions to help enterprises accelerate hybrid cloud transformations based on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC within Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
As a fully managed cloud service, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC combines public cloud “simplicity, agility and economics” with the security, control and performance of on-premises infrastructure.
“The industry’s rapid adoption of hybrid cloud architectures for enterprise IT infrastructure is enabling higher levels of agility, security and availability than ever before,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “Equinix and VMware have been partners for several years, serving a majority of Global 2000 joint customers. Our newly expanded partnership will enable our mutual customers to gain the benefit of the Equinix enterprise capabilities and the world-class VMware Cloud on Dell EMC solution. We are thrilled to be working with Equinix to offer hybrid cloud solutions that accelerate our customers’ digital transformation.”
SDN-enabled Interconnection Service
Equinix’s ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that helps meet the digital transformation requirements of enterprises today. It would allow any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.
With the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) interconnection service on Platform Equinix, enterprises can now take advantage of private and secured multi-cloud connectivity, and “quickly” deploy hybrid cloud infrastructures. By also tapping into “the power of rich digital ecosystems” located at Equinix, enterprises would be able to further unlock value as they gain access to potentially thousands of new global partners they can interconnect with via ECX Fabric.
“Digital businesses require IT transformation, and a complete end-to-end workload modernization plan that enables full automation and continuous optimization of applications,” said Rick Villars, Research Vice President, Datacenter & Cloud, IDC. “Shifting to an interconnected, hybrid cloud model that enables optimal placement and easy movement of workloads across multiple shared and dedicated cloud environments based on latency, resiliency and data security requirements is the critical first step in this transformation. Solutions like VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, integrated with the Equinix interconnection platform, provide businesses with a well-connected, hybrid cloud-ready foundation to quickly address the increasing complexity and volume of applications in a digital world.”
“By working together to offer hybrid cloud services, Equinix and VMware look forward to delivering the digital foundation for enterprise transformations in a cloud-first world,” said Charles Meyers, CEO of Equinix. “Together with VMware, we are reinventing hybrid cloud infrastructures based on the breakthrough VMware Cloud on Dell EMC service to deliver against today’s security, performance and availability requirements. Customers will soon be able to combine VMware’s world-class compute, storage and networking technology with the strength of our global interconnection platform – making hybrid multi-cloud a reality for digital businesses.”