32 global markets: Equinix expands access to Microsoft Azure

Rick Steves

Microsoft Azure has become one of the favorite options for accelerating the migration to the cloud for businesses looking to migrate strategic legacy applications to the cloud.

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Equinix expands private network access to Microsoft Azure to service customers in six new global markets, including Berlin, Camberra, Bogotá, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul.

The service includes access to Azure VMware Solution, which helps enterprises speed up their hybrid cloud transformations by moving or extending on-premises VMware environments to Azure.

The six new locations with access to Azure ExpressRoute further extend Equinix’s position to 32 PoPs, thus becoming one of the leading providers of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute on-ramps in the world.

Equinix Fabric offers optimal performance for companies using their Azure VMware Solution environment on a global scale by minimizing network latency and bandwidth concerns from their hybrid cloud deployments.

Equinix has been enabling cloud connectivity to Azure since 2013 and developed Equinix Fabric to allow firms to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and to any other company’s infrastructure on Platform Equinix.

Courtney Munroe, Research Vice President, IDC, said: “As companies today architect their hybrid cloud infrastructures, they require strategically located facilities for cost-effective access to public clouds with reliable and predictable performance. With the global reach of Platform Equinix and cloud connectivity capabilities of Equinix Fabric, Equinix provides a clear path to the cloud for digital businesses.

“The global expansion of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service and Azure VMware Solution into more Equinix data centers around the world further empowers enterprises to run their most mission-critical applications and workloads securely on Azure while simplifying their hybrid cloud deployments.”

Maura Hameroff, Director of Product Marketing for Azure, Microsoft, commented: “By providing ExpressRoute connectivity to Microsoft Azure in more than 30 markets around the world, Equinix enables customers to adopt Azure VMWare Solution for migration, disaster recovery and hybrid scenarios. As Microsoft continues to deploy Azure VMware Solution globally, we are pleased to have Equinix as one of our partners that can provide dedicated access to these services through their network of data centers and global interconnection platform.”

Narayan Bharadwaj, Vice President, Product Management, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware: added. “Microsoft Azure VMware Solution empowers customers to seamlessly extend or completely migrate existing on-premises VMware applications to Azure without the cost, effort or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations. This helps customers gain cloud efficiency and enables them to innovate at their own pace with Azure services across security, data, and AI, as well as unified management capabilities. Platform Equinix offers Azure VMware Solution customers an important connectivity service to help enable access to and protection of mission-critical resources, accelerate migrations, and support business resiliency and continuity.”

Royce Thomas, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Global Account Management, Equinix, said: “In today’s cloud-first world, accessing private connectivity to major cloud providers like Microsoft Azure is a critical priority for enterprises as they transition to the cloud. By expanding our collaboration with Microsoft to offer Azure ExpressRoute cloud services, including Azure VMware Solution, to customers in more markets around the world, we’re helping companies get cloud ready by accelerating their hybrid cloud transformations on Platform Equinix.”

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