"Businesses are demanding private and secure connections to the cloud to ensure optimal performance and scalability," said
Bypassing the Internet with Private Access
- ExpressRoute is designed to help customers bridge public cloud and on-premise IT to cost effectively and securely extend enterprise networks while improving performance, reliability and scalability.
- ExpressRoute provides private, high throughput, more reliable and lower-latency connections between customer data centers and Microsoft Azure. As a result,
Equinixis enabling enterprise customers to seamlessly deploy hybrid cloud environments that extend their networks and enhance on-premises investments. Because ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, they also offer higher security than typical connections, with access to a multitude of network service providers that are part of Equinix'sbusiness ecosystems. Microsoft'sphysical infrastructure for Azure ExpressRoute resides in Equinixdata centers and is available via an Equinixswitching fabric that provides secure connectivity and real-time provisioning. By connecting to ExpressRoute across Platform Equinix™, companies are able to bridge their cloud and data center strategies and benefit from full integration between cloud services and internal applications. Azure is commonly leveraged for key workloads that include Big Data, storage, backup and recovery, hybrid applications, productivity applications and media.
Equinix Delivers ExpressRoute Globally
Microsoftis using Equinixdata centers to benefit from access to over 975 networks, as well as the ability to scale across Equinix'sglobal platform which includes more than 450 cloud and 600 IT service providers. The partnership will provide Microsoftthe ability to interconnect with Equinix's4,500 customers around the globe.
- ExpressRoute is currently available as a "public preview" offering in Equinix IBX data centers in Silicon
Valley, Washington, D.C. and now London, and will become generally available in those markets later this spring. The service will be rolled out in multiple metro areas in Europe, Asia-Pacificand South Americathroughout 2014. Equinixdata centers are an interconnection point for companies to gain direct and secure access to public and private cloud services. Once connected within an Equinixglobal data center, these businesses have the broadest selection of high-performance cloud services to create the architecture that best fits their objectives. Equinixoffers direct access to a robust and dynamic cloud ecosystem for the rapid integration of services, technologies and customer opportunities.
Steven Martin, general manager, Microsoft Azure at Microsoft:
"Enterprises are drawn to hybrid cloud to benefit from cloud computing efficiencies, while maximizing their existing infrastructure. With 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies already using Microsoft Azure combined with
Equinix'sglobal data center footprint, we look forward to working together to help customers bridge their cloud and on-premises technology to build hybrid environments with enterprise-grade control and reliability." Chris Sharp, vice president, Cloud Innovation at Equinix:
"We are witnessing a significant shift in how enterprises operate as they adopt hybrid cloud, and they are looking to effectively address performance and security concerns often associated with the cloud, while still benefiting from the flexibility it provides. By expanding our partnership with
Microsoft, we are able to offer our customers a secure, flexible and reliable connection to the Microsoft Azure cloud in 16 strategic markets around the world. Only Equinix'sglobal data center footprint can provide enterprises this scale and reach with Microsoft."
For more information or to sign up for the public preview, please visit http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/expressroute/.
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