Equinix, the global interconnection and data centre company today announced a collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to launch Azure Stack-as-a-Service on Platform Equinix in Asia-Pacific. This pay-as-you-use solution enables enterprises to leverage HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack to provision and manage hybrid cloud architecture reliably and on-demand.
Hybrid cloud architecture, which provides the agility and convenience of the public cloud and the security and control of on-premise private cloud, has been increasingly adopted by enterprises. IDC predicts that 90% of enterprises will adopt multi or hybrid cloud by 2024. However, enterprises are often faced with high upfront capital expenditure and struggle to provision space with sufficient power and suitable weight-bearing capacity when setting up owned on-premise private cloud.
With a pay-as-you-use pricing model, HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack on Platform Equinix enables businesses in Asia-Pacific to deploy hybrid cloud architectures more effectively without incurring excessive initial costs or requiring access to niche expertise. Hosted in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres, Azure Stack running on HPE hardware can directly connect to Microsoft Azure via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), enhancing application performance and user experience.
The hybrid cloud solution offers pre-configured, Microsoft validated systems, pre-installed into Equinix IBX data centres utilising pre-provisioned interconnection between Azure Stack and Azure via ECX Fabric.
The solution offers numerous benefits to enterprises, including: