eWeek — Data center services provider Equinix will soon be doing a lot of business in the Far East, and its new partner, Alibaba’s Aliyun, will be doing the same in the U.S.The company signed an agreement earlier this month with Aliyun, the Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s cloud computing division, to provide direct access to Aliyun’s cloud platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in both Hong Kong and in Northern California.
Equinix is building that base out today with the announcement of a partnership between it and Alibaba Group Holding’s cloud computing arm. What that means is that organizations can obtain direct access to Aliyun (Alibaba’s cloud business’ trading name) platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in either Hong Kong or Silicon Valley. The focus of the partnership is one of helping Chinese and North American enterprises to gain dedicated secure access to all of Aliyun’s cloud services.
REDWOOD CITY – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced its plans to further expand its footprint inHong Kong. It will invest over $40 million to build the third phase of its second International Business Exchange ™ (IBX®) data center (HK2). It will also build the ninth phase of its first data center (HK1). The new facilities will meet strong demand from cloud and content and digital media (CDM) companies for data center and interconnection services inHong Kong.
Data centre operator Equinix will invest more than US$97 million (A$121 million) to build its fifth data centre in Australia, adding a fourth facility to its Sydney footprint. The company will stick with its traditional naming convention with the SY4 facility, which it said would address the growing demand for data centre infrastructure in the country. The addition of the 12,500 square metre SY4 brings Equinix’s total Australian investment to nearly US$360 million.
Equinix, one of the world’s largest data centre (DC) operators, opened its third DC in Singapore on Wednesday. This will be its flagship DC and its largest in the Asia Pacific region. The International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre will be known as SG3. It has been specifically designed to meet the safety and data security guidelines set out by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). A company spokesman said the opening of the DC demonstrates Equinix’s commitment to satisfy growing market demand for premium data centre services from financial services and cloud computing companies across the region.
Australia’s data centre operators are in a race to scale out their facilities to meet the capacity demands of cloud providers and to prepare for the internet of things. Executives for the largest four operators – Equinix, Global Switch, Digital Realty and NextDC – used a panel discussion at the Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit to discuss the pressure to build at scale while lowering costs. All agreed that data centre operators needed to demonstrate available capacity and their ability to scale in order to be considered a potential host for cloud service nodes.
More than 30 customers have taken space at the recently launched Equinix data center in Melbourne, its first facility in Australia’s second most populous city, the company announced. The Redwood City, California-based colocation giant announced plans to build a $60 million data center in Melbourne, called ME1, in January 2014. Today, one year later, the facility is online and seeing strong user and carrier pickup.
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has launched two additional points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore to address the growing demand for enhanced network and cloud connectivity within the Southeast Asian business hub. The PoPs feature access to Level 3’s global network and extensive portfolio of Internet protocol (IP), virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), broadcast (Vyvx), cloud and collaboration solutions.
Cloud365 first deployed in Equinix’s International Business Exchange data centre (DC1) in Virginia in October last year and will leverage the Melbourne data centre to bolster its global presence and consolidate its infrastructure across 14 international points of presence. “Cloud is the key driver for our clients and we’re seeing growing demand from customers as they realise the benefits of not having to invest in their own infrastructure and network capacity,” said Darren Moss, general manager & founder, Cloud365.
California—Nov. 21, 2014—Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, recently announced the continued growth of its cloud ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, with the number of cloud customers growing over 25 percent year-over-year. In Hong Kong specifically, cloud customers increased 15 percent as local and international cloud service providers (CSPs) are choosing to deploy with Equinix Hong Kong as an entry point into Asia-Pacific. Northern California-based Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. is one of noteworthy Hong Kong partners who joined Equinix’s cloud ecosystem while simultaneously leveraging its newly launched Cloud Exchange, a multi-cloud and multi-network solution.
Equinix is building its fifth Tokyo data center roughly a year after it built the fourth one there. The $43 million data center will be about 55,000 square feet, providing total capacity of 725 cabinets in two phases. The first phase will provide 350 cabinets and is schedule to open in the first quarter of 2016. The data center is in response to strong demand from financial services, cloud, and content providers for interconnection services in Tokyo.
Hitachi Data Systems and Equinix have signed a partnership in which the Japanese IT infrastructure vendor will offer large enterprise customers a managed compute service from within Equinix’s global network of co-lo data centres. HDS – predominantly an enterprise storage vendor – has for the last four years built an x86 server business and a managed services operation in Australia to prepare for today’s announcement.
Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.
Equinix has started off the second phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, HK3-II, in Hong Kong, the data centre company announced today. The additional investment of US$23 million provides space for an additional 650 cabinets, which brings the total capacity to 2,700 cabinets. According to Equinix’s media statement, HK3-II has direct fiber connectivity to its other IBX data centres in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in HK3 to easily expand their businesses within the Equinix platform.
In comparison to the US and Europe, the APAC region remains more conservative when it comes to public cloud adoption, according to Eric Hui, Equinix Asia-Pacific director of cloud and service provider markets. Hui said there are a number of factors that exemplify this. For example, the amount of in-born cloud providers that exist in APAC compared to other regions is far fewer, as is the percentage of organisations that have direct connectivity via datacenters to cloud providers.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the availability of Equinix Performance Hub™ in Asia-Pacific ? a new solution that uniquely combines elements of data centers, networking infrastructure and connectivity, and cloud computing access to improve application performance and deliver a globally consistent quality of experience to end users.
Co-lo provider Equinix has promoted its top-performing sales manager to run the company’s Australian operations following the departure of former MD Tony Simonsen. Simonsen left the company in March to take on the role of managing director for networking vendor Avaya. Jeremy Deutsch, Equinix’s new country manager, was the third Australian employee at Equinix in 2001 and has since tripled the size of the company’s local sales team.