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Equinix and IBM partner on hybrid cloud

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Equinix and IBM have announced a partnership to develop hybrid cloud journeys.

Their aim is to help customers and partners integrate multiple cloud solutions in hybrid environments, solve digital transformation challenges, automate time-consuming work, and ultimately simplify collaboration.

Specifically, the two are working to make it easier for their joint customers to access IBM Cloud services from their digital infrastructures on Platform Equinix globally via direct and secure interconnection of hybrid IT infrastructures.

IBM Cloud Satellite can be deployed to 230 Equinix edge data centres across 64 metros with Equinix Fabric, enabling enterprises to connect to IBM Cloud from their physical or digital infrastructures.

Equinix Fabric is software-defined interconnection designed for companies to connect to IBM Cloud — including in metros with no native IBM Cloud Direct Link presence. In addition, it is designed to enable IBM users to connect other cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers in an integrated hybrid multi-cloud architecture.

Equinix Metal is now certified to run IBM and Red Hat applications, with an initial focus on Red Hat OpenShift, delivered via IBM Cloud Satellite. Equinix Metal, the automated, interconnected bare metal-as-a-service (BMaaS), is available in Equinix International Business Exchanges (IBX) around the world.

IBM Cloud Satellite brings IBM Cloud services securely to any environment where data resides – whether at the edge, on premises, or on other public clouds. It is designed to enable clients to access cloud services with consistency and security across any environment, meeting them wherever the data resides.

In related news, August saw IBM and Verizon expand its collaboration which will see the two launch a new testbed in Texas. Specifically, the partnership will see the expansion of IBM’s Industry Solution Lab in Coppell, Texas to test 5G 4.0 applications for 5G-enabled use cases.

Additionally, the same month, Voxility expanded its footprint in the US with the launch of a point of presence (PoP) in Equinix DA3 in Dallas.

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