Equinix expands partnership with Google through Dedicated Interconnect

25 April 2018 | James Pearce

Equinix has strengthened its partnership with Google by announcing a new service that allows its partners to connect to the Google Cloud platform from anywhere.

The data centre firm has also announced an expansion of its private connectivity to Google’s Dedicated Interconnect cloud service to the Stockholm, Sydney and Munich metro areas.

The Google Cloud Partner Interconnect service allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere through partners who are signed up to it. 

It is part of the Google Cloud Interconnect product range and allows its customers to deploy the Google Cloud Platform through partner channels. This now includes Equinix’s Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) which is an on-demand platform which helps customers connect to any other customer from any Equinix’s 200 location.

Enterprises who deploy the Partner Interconnect through Equinix will be given the option of selecting from a variety of sub-rate interface speeds, it said, ranging from 50Mbps to 10Gbps.

Equinix currently offers direct and on-demand access to Google Cloud services on a global scale through  Equinix IBX data centres in the Americas (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, São Paulo, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C.), EMEA (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Stockholm) and APAC (Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions.

Equinix chief product officer Brian Lillie said: “By providing access to Google’s Dedicated Interconnect and Partner Interconnect cloud services, and expanding these offerings into more markets worldwide, we are helping enterprises leverage Google’s network and accelerate their hybrid cloud strategies globally. 

“With greater connectivity options and increased accessibility to the Google Cloud, Equinix is empowering customers with choices they can make to meet their interconnection needs, and easily build the cloud of their choice.”

The company’s portfolio has currently 200 operational facilities, following the closing of Australian data centre services provider Metronode. In total, the number of markets where Google has deployed its Dedicated Interconnect service in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres is 20, globally.

Last September, Google announced Dedicated Interconnect which provides higher-speed and lower-cost connectivity than VPN. The solution connects on-premises data centres with the cloud.

John Veizades, product manager, Google Cloud said: “Partner Interconnect gives Google Cloud customers even more connectivity choices for hybrid environments. Together with Equinix, we are making it easier for customers to extend their on-premises infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform.”