Equinix becomes advanced AWS technology partner

19 April 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe

Equinix has become an advanced technology partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

Equinix has added the availability of AWS Direct Connect in three new markets – Chicago, London and Munich – over the past few months, meaning that the global interconnection and data centre provider now offers Direct Connect across 14 metros.

Equinix first began offering AWS Direct Connect in 2011, and has since witnessed substantial growth in connections to the cloud. The company says that since the beginning of 2016, “customer connections to AWS via the Equinix Cloud Exchange have grown by more than 250%”.

“As one of the first data centre providers to enable direct access to AWS via its AWS Direct Connect service, we have strived to continue to bring access to all our enterprise customers, worldwide,” said Greg Adgate, vice president of global technology partners and alliances at Equinix.

“We are honoured to have reached Advanced Technology Partner status. Through our collaboration with AWS, we are providing additional ways for our global customers to achieve improved performance of their cloud-based applications.”

To obtain Advanced Technology Partner status, AWS requires partners to meet stringent criteria, including the ability to demonstrate success in providing AWS services to a wide range of customers and use cases.  

By directly and securely connecting to AWS via AWS Direct Connect, customers can take advantage of predictable performance and user experience with dedicated, low-latency, high bandwidth direct connections to AWS and enhanced compliance by connecting privately to AWS and keeping data within region, without going over the public internet.