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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:12

Equinix extends AWS Direct Connect availability across US and Europe

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Availability in London and Dallas brings AWS Direct Connect availability to 10 Equinix data centres, globally

Data centre business Equinix announced the immediate availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect in Equinix’s Dallas and London International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres (DA2 and LD5).

AWS Direct Connect, is Amazon’s private network that connects their infrastructure to third-party data centres to enable data to be transferred up and down, via a fast, secure backbone connection without going to the public internet. Data transfer costs are also lower for AWS Direct Connect.

These two offerings bring the total number of Equinix data centres offering Direct Connect to 10.   Previously, AWS connectivity in London was available via tether from Equinix in London into AWS’s Dublin facilities or via the recent – October 2014 - AWS Direct Connect facility in the company’s Frankfurt data centre. 

Equinix’s Dallas IBX, DA5, is the fourth data centre in North America to offer AWS Direct Connect, joining Equinix’s facilities in Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

In a recent study, Enterprise of the Future, found that by 2017, 84% of IT leaders will deploy IT infrastructure where interconnection – defined as direct, secure physical or virtual connections  – is at the core, compared to only 38% today.  

Commenting on the new services Ryan Mallory, vice president, technology, Equinix said. “We are seeing significant growth in enterprise customers looking to connect to AWS in a secure and high-performance manner.  Our goal is to provide these customers with the ability to realise the full benefits of the cloud – without worrying about application latency or cost issues. AWS Direct Connect makes it easy for companies to establish a dedicated network connection from Equinix to AWS, which ultimately reduces network costs, increases throughput, and provides a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.”

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