VMware to support Equinix as a global colocation provider for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC

Strongest push for multi hybrid cloud comes as the market expects interconnection between enterprises and cloud and IT providers to grow 98% per annum through 2021.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) has expanded its partnership with VMware to support VMware Cloud on Dell EMC on Platform Equinix in a move to accelerate the proliferation of multi hybrid cloud environments within the enterprise world.

As a fully managed cloud service, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC combines public cloud with the security, control and performance of on-premises infrastructure.

With the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) interconnection service on Platform Equinix, the colocation operator said enterprises can take advantage of private multicloud connectivity, and deploy hybrid cloud infrastructures.

ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that helps meet the digital transformation needs of enterprises today by allowing any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.

Users will also gain access to potentially thousands of new global partners they can interconnect with via ECX Fabric.

Equinix and VMware have been working together since 2013 to enable hybrid cloud infrastructures, helping Global 2000 enterprises address the increasing volume and complexity of application workloads and data.


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Commenting on the news, Rick Villars, Research Vice President, Datacenter & Cloud, IDC, said that digital businesses require IT transformation, and a complete end-to-end workload modernisation plan that enables full automation and continuous optimization of applications.

“Shifting to an interconnected, hybrid cloud model that enables optimal placement and easy movement of workloads across multiple shared and dedicated cloud environments based on latency, resiliency and data security requirements is the critical first step in this transformation.”

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware, said: “The industry’s rapid adoption of hybrid cloud architectures for enterprise IT infrastructure is enabling higher levels of agility, security and availability than ever before. Equinix and VMware have been partners for several years, serving a majority of Global 2000 joint customers.”

Charles Meyers, CEO, Equinix, added: “By working together to offer hybrid cloud services, Equinix and VMware look forward to delivering the digital foundation for enterprise transformations in a cloud-first world.

“Together with VMware, we are reinventing hybrid cloud infrastructures based on the breakthrough VMware Cloud on Dell EMC service to deliver against today’s security, performance and availability requirements.

“Customers will soon be able to combine VMware’s world-class compute, storage and networking technology with the strength of our global interconnection platform – making hybrid multicloud a reality for digital businesses.”

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