Digital infrastructure company Equinix announced it is expanding private network access to Microsoft Azure via Azure ExpressRoute on Platform Equinix to service customers in six new global markets: Berlin, Bogotá, Canberra, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul.
According to Equinix, the expanded service includes Azure VMware Solution, which helps enterprises speed up their hybrid cloud transformations by moving or extending on-premises VMware environments to Azure.
With this expansion, private cloud on-ramps to Azure ExpressRoute are now available in 32 Equinix metros, strengthening Equinix’s position “as a leading provider of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute on-ramps in the world.”
As enterprises continue to digitally transform and shift to hybrid cloud architectures, private and secure connectivity to cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure, according to the company, “is essential to accelerate their journey to the cloud.”
For businesses looking to migrate strategic legacy applications to the cloud, “the expanded global availability of Azure VMware Solution via Platform Equinix can help simplify hybrid cloud deployments by seamlessly shifting on-premises and legacy workloads to the cloud with high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity.”
We’re told, “enterprises can further extend their global reach by remotely accessing Azure ExpressRoute cloud services via Equinix Fabric to privately connect to Azure services.”
On the other hand, Equinix says enterprises can optimise the performance of their Azure VMware Solution environment on a global scale by minimising network latency and bandwidth concerns from their hybrid cloud deployments.
Courtney Munroe, Research Vice President, IDC, says: “As companies today architect their hybrid cloud infrastructures, they require strategically located facilities for cost-effective access to public clouds with reliable and predictable performance. With the global reach of Platform Equinix and cloud connectivity capabilities of Equinix Fabric, Equinix provides a clear path to the cloud for digital businesses.
She adds: “The global expansion of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service and Azure VMware Solution into more Equinix data centres around the world further empowers enterprises to run their most mission-critical applications and workloads securely on Azure while simplifying their hybrid cloud deployments.”
Maura Hameroff, Director of Product Marketing for Azure, Microsoft, says: “By providing ExpressRoute connectivity to Microsoft Azure in more than 30 markets around the world, Equinix enables customers to adopt Azure VMWare Solution for migration, disaster recovery, and hybrid scenarios.”
She comments: “We are pleased to have Equinix as one of our partners that can provide dedicated access to these services through their network of data centres and global interconnection platform.”
Narayan Bharadwaj, Vice President, Product Management, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware, says: “Microsoft Azure VMware Solution empowers customers to extend or completely migrate existing on-premises VMware applications to Azure without the cost, effort or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations.”
According to him, “This helps customers gain cloud efficiency and enables them to innovate at their own pace with Azure services across security, data, and AI, as well as unified management capabilities. Platform Equinix offers Azure VMware Solution customers an important connectivity service to help enable access to and protection of mission-critical resources, accelerate migrations, and support business resiliency and continuity.”
Royce Thomas, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Global Account Management, Equinix, says: “In today’s cloud-first world, accessing private connectivity to major cloud providers like Microsoft Azure is a critical priority for enterprises as they transition to the cloud.
Thomas adds: “By collaborating with Microsoft to offer Azure ExpressRoute cloud services, such as Azure VMware Solution,to customers in more markets around the world, we’re helping companies get cloud ready by accelerating their hybrid cloud transformations on Platform Equinix.”
Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia, says: “Increasingly government agencies and private organisations in Australia are embracing cloud technologies, and in doing so, require access to major cloud providers in strategically located facilities.
The availability of Microsoft Azure via Azure ExpressRoute in our Canberra facility will help these organisations accelerate their journey to the cloud with high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity”, he concludes.