Strategic alliance with Microsoft enables global enterprises to
easily connect their networks to Windows Azure via Platform Equinix
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables
customers to quickly build, deploy and manage applications. By taking
advantage of Windows Azure, enterprises can flexibly build
applications using any language, tool or framework.
With this offering Equinix customers can connect their owned and
managed infrastructure directly to Windows Azure via Platform Equinix™,
establishing a private network connection that may reduce network
costs, increase throughput, reduce latency and provide more consistent
network performance than Internet-based connections.
Connecting to Windows Azure through Platform Equinix allows
enterprises to bridge their cloud and data center strategies allowing
full integration between cloud services and internal applications, and
flexible and dynamic bandwidth through automated network provisioning.
A direct connection to Windows Azure will be available in multiple
Equinix IBX data centers across the US in the first half of 2014. More
details on locations will be shared when the solution becomes
Equinix and Microsoft will be onboarding a small number of customers
for early trials by the end of 2013.
According to the Cisco
Global Cloud Networking Survey, the adoption of cloud-based
applications will continue to increase as enterprises achieve the
benefits of cost savings, flexibility, and reduced operational
demands. During the cloud migration process, data protection security
was cited as the top obstacle to a successful implementation of cloud
services (72 percent), followed by availability and reliability of
cloud applications (67 percent), device-based security (66 percent),
visibility and control of applications across the WAN (60 percent) and
overall application performance (60 percent).
Equinix data centers are an interconnection point for companies to
gain direct and secure access to public and private cloud services.
Once connected within an Equinix global data center, these businesses
have the broadest selection of high-performance cloud services to
create the architecture that best fits their objectives. Equinix
offers direct access to a robust and dynamic cloud
ecosystem for the rapid integration of services, technologies and
customer opportunities, including more than 450 cloud, 950 networks
and 600 IT service providers.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data
center company, today announced a strategic relationship with
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) that enables cloud connectivity to Windows
Azure in key markets globally through Equinix International Business
Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers.
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