Equinix and VMware expand digital transformation partnership

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Equinix has today expanded its ongoing collaboration with VMware to support the digital transformation of its enterprises.

As part of this expansion, VMware will offer its SD-WAN Edge as a virtual network function (VNF) on Equinix's Network Edge. VMware is also extending its presence in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

"We are thrilled to work with Equinix to help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and offer new world-class capabilities within the Equinix IBX facilities,” said Sanjay Uppal (pictured), senior vice president & general manager of the VeloCloud business unit at VMware.

“With VMware SD-WAN Edge now available as a virtual network service on Equinix's Network Edge, enterprises, partners and service providers alike will be able to have unique, globally available network solutions optimised for intrinsically secure access to any public, private or SaaS cloud for remote and branch users."

The expanded collaboration comes as global enterprises continually embrace cloud-first digital transformation initiatives, particularly as employees and customers are spread out across various geographic locations with different cloud providers.

As a result, Equinix is working with VMware to offer an easy-to-consume solution to enterprises, service providers and partners that supports remote workforces, reduces disruption, and increases business continuity efforts for companies at the digital edge.

"An entire architectural shift driven by data transformation is happening across the IT landscape today,” added Bill Long, senior vice president of product management at Equinix.

“By expanding our collaboration with VMware to deliver an innovative new solution that empowers remote workforces, reduces disruption and enables business continuity, we can help companies deploy a digital ready infrastructure at the edge within minutes in order to accelerate their digital transformation efforts anywhere in the world."

The VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution is now available on Equinix's Network Edge and delivers an enterprise-grade virtual SD-WAN edge service that helps enterprises manage their own direct peering relationships with any cloud service provider via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) or Equinix Marketplace.

It allows enterprises to enhance application performance for remote users within minutes, and without any upfront capital expenses. By delivering fast, optimised and secure site-to-applications at the edge via private interconnection, enterprises can deploy the solution to gain the consistent and predictable network performance required to meet their digital business needs.

“VMware's SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution, now available on Equinix's Network Edge, is designed to address those needs and help organisations dynamically scale their IT infrastructure in lockstep with the demands of digital business," said Brad Casemore, research vice president of data centre networks at IDC.