Equinix, Inc., a global interconnection and data center company, has teamed up with cloud specialist, Rackspace, to extend privately accessed cloud services via Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across North America, according to an Equinix statement.
The new access to the joint collaboration, or Equinix’s Cloud Exchange, will help allow Rackspace to provide its customer base with an assimilation of Rackspace-hosted applications, including database replication and multi-cloud strategy through the Exchange’s supported leading cloud service providers.
Moreover, Equinix will be offering direct access to Rackspace data centers through direct cross connects, as well as through its Equinix Cloud Exchange, an interconnection solution that provides direct access to cloud providers from a single port. This caters to clients that require versatility across cloud services, namely those who place a premium on enhanced security and performance characteristics over traditional hosting.
Rackspace’s services will initially be available through the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform in such major metropolitan areas in the United States as Chicago, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. However, the group has portended future expansion in development to Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).
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According to Mark Adams, Chief Development Officer, Equinix, in a recent statement on the collaboration: “Today’s cloud applications require higher performance than ever before. Together with Rackspace, we are making it easier for customers to access and deploy the cloud infrastructure that makes the most sense for them.”
“RackConnect Global inside Equinix will give our customers new hosted cloud services, and Rackspace customers will benefit from access to any cloud provider on the Cloud Exchange, thus making multi-cloud a reality,” he reiterated.
“Equinix’s vast global datacenter footprint and the direct network access they provide to leading cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure is a very powerful combination. With this new collaboration, Rackspace continues to simplify interconnection to multiple clouds in a way that enables our customers to reap the full benefits of the hybrid cloud – cost savings, scalability and increased performance – in a managed and secure way,” added John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace, in an accompanying statement.
Back in August, Equinix launched its sixth data center in London at the Slough data center campus at a cost of $79 million.