Equinix offers private connectivity to VMware Cloud via AWS Direct Connect

30 August 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Equinix will offer VMware Cloud on AWS Direct Connect at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres globally.

The new offering enables customers to access VMware cloud on AWS through private connectivity that bypasses the public internet for increased speed and security.

“VMware is the market leader in server virtualisation, and we are excited to collaborate with them and enable AWS hybrid cloud deployments for enterprises using VMware infrastructure. By offering private and secure connectivity to VMware Cloud on AWS via AWS Direct Connect in Equinix IBX data centres, we enable VMware customers to accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud by seamlessly connecting their VMware workloads between on-premises and the AWS public cloud,” said Kaushik Joshi, global managing director of strategic alliances at Equinix.

VMware Cloud on AWS combines VMware’s enterprise-class software-defined data centre (SDDC) software and cloud services with AWS cloud to provide enterprises mobility of their IT infrastructure between private and public cloud resources and services.

“VMware is excited to announce our collaboration with Equinix, a global leader in data center and interconnection,” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager of the cloud platform business unit at VMware. “As the largest AWS Direct Connect provider with 24 AWS Direct Connect locations worldwide, Equinix helps VMware accelerate our customer adoption of VMware Cloud on AWS, by enabling our enterprise customers with private, secure, fast connectivity to VMware Cloud on AWS. With AWS Direct Connect and VMware Cloud on AWS, customers will be able to deploy hybrid cloud applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services.”

As a result of the partnership, Equinix customers in 24 global metros can directly access VMware Cloud on AWS by connecting to an AWS Direct Connect edge node deployed at Equinix IBX data centres in the same metro or through Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). User who do not have network infrastructure in AWS Direct Connect metros can use ECX Fabric to extend their network reach to AWS Direct Connect markets. The ECX Fabric also allows customers to connect to any other customer across any Equinix location globally though simple portal and a single connection to the Equnix platform.

“As enterprises incorporate public cloud infrastructure and applications into their business and customer-facing environments, they need access to solutions that enable them to consistently use and manage all of their IT assets across all of their cloud environments,” said Rick Villars, research vice president, datacenter & cloud, IDC. “A key element in such a hybrid cloud architecture is interconnectivity. Interconnectivity is not just about access to bandwidth, it is about breadth of options, flexible consumption and air-tight security. The ability for enterprises with extensive VMware workloads to leverage VMware Cloud on AWS via Direct Connect at Equinix is an excellent example of how enterprises can now connect their hybrid environments globally while assuring security, high performance, low latency and lower cost.”