Global interconnection and colocation data center company, Equinix, has announced support for Google Cloud Partner Interconnect – a new service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere through its partners.
Partner Interconnect is a new product in the Google Cloud Interconnect family. It expands the opportunity for customers to deploy Google Cloud Platform by enabling connectivity via partner channels, including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), an on-demand platform that enables Equinix customers to connect to any other customer from any Equinix location.
This would expand market opportunities for customers seeking direct connectivity to Google Cloud Platform, as Equinix’s ECX Fabric will offer remote connectivity to Equinix data center locations globally. In addition to leveraging an on-demand use model, enterprises deploying Partner Interconnect will also be able to select from a variety of sub-rate interface speeds varying from 50Mbps to 10Gbps.
Equinix is one of the first partners to offer direct and on-demand access to Google Cloud services on a global scale, with many Google deployments worldwide. This includes deployments in Equinix IBX data centers in the Americas (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, São Paulo, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C.), EMEA (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Stockholm) and APAC (Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions.
Deepening its collaboration with Google Cloud, Equinix also announced its expansion of private connectivity to Google’s Dedicated Interconnect cloud service to the Stockholm, Sydney and Munich metros, bringing the total number of markets where Google has deployed its Dedicated Interconnect service in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers to 20, globally.
Google launched Dedicated Interconnect last September, a solution that would provide higher-speed and lower-cost connectivity than VPN. According to Equinix, this is a top solution to connect on-premises data centers with the cloud.
“By providing access to Google’s Dedicated Interconnect and Partner Interconnect cloud services, and expanding these offerings into more markets worldwide, we are helping enterprises leverage Google’s network and accelerate their hybrid cloud strategies globally,” said Brian Lillie, Chief Product Officer at Equinix. “With greater connectivity options and increased accessibility to the Google Cloud, Equinix is empowering customers with choices they can make to meet their interconnection needs, and easily build the cloud of their choice.”