Equinix D.C. Data Center Expands Capital Presence

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-05-28 Print this article Print

DC11 also offers access to the five leading providers of the GSA Networx telecom services contract: AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Sprint and Verizon. The Equinix Washington, D.C., campus features more than 10,000 cross connects and offers direct connections to nine advertising exchanges as well as Amazon Web Services.

Meanwhile, Equinix recently announced the availability of the AWS Direct Connect service in the Equinix IBX data centers in Seattle (SE2 and SE3). AWS Direct Connect enables customers to connect their infrastructure directly to Amazon Web Services (AWS), establishing a private network connection to reduce network costs, increase throughput and deliver more consistent network performance than the public Internet delivers, the company said.

In addition, Equinix customers can now connect to the AWS GovCloud from all existing AWS Direct Connect locations in North America. AWS GovCloud is designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

"By leveraging AWS Direct Connect inside Equinix data centers, customers can take advantage of the cost savings and performance benefits of hybrid environments," Chris Sharp, general manager of cloud and content for Equinix, said in a statement. "As we continue to support expansion of the AWS Direct Connect service to new markets, we are removing barriers to adoption and enabling customers to deliver on the promise of cloud computing."

Existing Equinix customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect inside the Seattle data centers via a simple cross-connect that can be established in a matter of days. With a direct connection to AWS inside SE2 and SE3, customers can achieve millisecond latency between their infrastructure and AWS infrastructure, resulting in improved application performance and security.

Since the rollout of AWS Direct Connect in Equinix's Ashburn, Va., data center campus, AWS Direct Connect has expanded to Equinix locations in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Equinix customers such as Badgeville, Box, Carpathia Hosting and NetApp are using AWS Direct Connect to lower network costs into and out of AWS, bypassing the public Internet to take advantage of reduced data transfer rates.

For instance, using AWS Direct Connect, Badgeville deployed a hybrid IT model within Equinix IBX data centers. As a result, Badgeville gained control of its own infrastructure and achieved performance increases of up to 40 percent, faster API response times and a reduction in monthly cloud expenditure of approximately 40 percent.

Equinix opened its second Seattle data center (SE3) earlier this year to support growing demand for data center and interconnection services in the Seattle metro area from network and cloud service providers, and content and digital media companies. The SE3 IBX serves as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region and offers customers the opportunity to extend their footprints in the Northwestern United States and Western Canada while leveraging Platform Equinix to help fuel their business.

"As the cloud matures and supports greater numbers of mission-critical production workloads, data center providers like Equinix will be viewed increasingly as the strategic facilitators of enterprise-class production services," Jim Grogan, senior analyst on multi-tenant data centers at 451 Research, said in a statement. "Each aspect of the cloud services facilitated by Equinix ultimately maps back to network capabilities, whether it relates to bringing data to the network or leveraging cloud or Ethernet connection hubs."



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