Equinix’s Big Apple data centres linked into AWS Direct Connect to boost CIOs’ cloud strategies

As public cloud spending soars with CAGR of 21%, hybrid cloud offerings have become a key business driver to many providers.

Equinix’s New York data centres are now connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect, joining 16 other Equinix regions worldwide.

The connectivity into the cloud service is designed to give to the collocation provider’s more than 800 customers in New York the ability to access AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options.

The addition of the AWS service has been done, according to Equinix, to “enable enterprise CIOs to advance cloud strategies by seamlessly and safely incorporating public cloud services into their existing architectures”.

Such hybrid cloud architectures are growing in demand and importance with IDC forecasting that over the 2016-2021 period, overall public cloud spending will experience a 21% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

Kaushik Joshi, Global Managing Director, Strategic Alliances, said: “Companies with latency-sensitive applications and workloads – and specifically financial services firms – require predicable performance to ensure a consistent, high-quality user experience.

“AWS Direct Connect combined with the Equinix interconnection platform is an ideal combination that enables these customers to deploy hybrid cloud architectures and achieve this level of performance and security.”

The other Equinix regions also offering the AWS Direct Connect service are Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.

Equinix’s bet on AWS Direct Connect comes days after the operator entered into a collaboration with SAP to similarly expand its portfolio of available cloud services to address customer’s demand for more hybrid environments.