Equinix has announced it is set to extend customer access to Alibaba Cloud in 17 markets, across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA, through Platform Equinix.
Thanks to an API integration with Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), customers across Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, as well as US metros such as Chicago, Dallas and Denver, will be able to simply and privately connect to Alibaba Cloud.
With the partnership, Alibaba Cloud also receives secure, direct access to Equinix's interconnected ecosystem of more than 9,700 customers, including 1,800 network providers and more than 2,900 cloud and IT service providers globally.
The overarching aim is to aid better performance, lower latency, and increase reliability for customers of every nature.
In view of increasing market demand, Alibaba Cloud has also integrated its API with ECX Fabric to improve the process for enterprises to facilitate private and direct connections to Alibaba Cloud.
Through a single portal, customers can create and manage private connections to Alibaba Cloud on demand in any of the 45 ECX Fabric metros.
Customers gain access to Alibaba Cloud's suite of cloud computing services including Elastic Compute Service, Storage, Relational Databases, Big Data Solution and CDN.
Its ecosystem ranges from eCommerce and payments, to logistics and supply chain management solutions.
The new regions are as follows:
- Nine American metros: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington D.C.
- Five Asia-Pacific metros: Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo
- Three EMEA metros: Dubai, Frankfurt and London
Alibaba Cloud Intelligence principal engineer of Infrastructural Products, Shunmin Zhu says, "Equinix's global platform and ever expanding footprint has made it easy for Alibaba Cloud to grow into new markets and offer our customers access to a rich ecosystem of cloud service providers via Platform Equinix and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric.
“This valuable and growing collaboration enables us to deliver further flexibility and security, while also bringing our services closer to businesses, without having to compromise on speed or performance.
Equinix senior vice president Global Account Management Royce Thomas says, "We are glad to deepen our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud in new metros around the world. In today's digital economy, delivering cloud computing has become a top priority for enterprises.
"As such, direct access to cloud service providers, like Alibaba Cloud, via high-speed, low-latency connections is helping enterprises gain a competitive advantage and fully realise the benefits of the cloud."
Thomas says, “We are happy that we share the common goal with Alibaba Could to help enterprises locate services, interconnect to them and build valuable relationships with their business partners.
"With this extended reach, we will continue to partner with Alibaba Cloud and support more enterprises to accelerate their digital journey across the globe.