Windows Azure Connections Enabled at Equinix Data Centers
Strategic alliance with Microsoft enables global enterprises to easily connect
their networks to Windows Azure via Platform Equinix
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash. -- October 7, 2013
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center
company, today announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp.
(Nasdaq: MSFT) that enables cloud connectivity to Windows Azure in key markets
globally through Equinix International Business Exchange^™ (IBX^®) data
Highlights / Key Facts
*Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables
customers to quickly build, deploy and manage applications. By taking
advantage of Windows Azure, enterprises can flexibly build applications
using any language, tool or framework.
*With this offering Equinix customers can connect their owned and managed
infrastructure directly to Windows Azure via Platform Equinix^™,
establishing a private network connection that may reduce network costs,
increase throughput, reduce latency and provide more consistent network
performance than Internet-based connections.
*Connecting to Windows Azure through Platform Equinix allows enterprises to
bridge their cloud and data center strategies allowing full integration
between cloud services and internal applications, and flexible and dynamic
bandwidth through automated network provisioning.
*A direct connection to Windows Azure will be available in multiple Equinix
IBX data centers across the US in the first half of 2014. More details on
locations will be shared when the solution becomes available.
*Equinix and Microsoft will be onboarding a small number of customers for
early trials by the end of 2013.
*According to the Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey, the adoption of
cloud-based applications will continue to increase as enterprises achieve
the benefits of cost savings, flexibility, and reduced operational
demands. During the cloud migration process, data protection security was
cited as the top obstacle to a successful implementation of cloud services
(72 percent), followed by availability and reliability of cloud
applications (67 percent), device-based security (66 percent), visibility
and control of applications across the WAN (60 percent) and overall
application performance (60 percent).
*Equinix data centers are an interconnection point for companies to gain
direct and secure access to public and private cloud services. Once
connected within an Equinix global data center, these businesses have the
broadest selection of high-performance cloud services to create the
architecture that best fits their objectives. Equinix offers direct access
to a robust and dynamic cloud ecosystem for the rapid integration of
services, technologies and customer opportunities, including more than 450
cloud, 950 networks and 600 IT service providers.
*Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise for
“Microsoft is committed to helping enterprises succeed as they move toward
the cloud. Windows Azure provides customers with a variety of ways to
connect in a manner that is private, fast and secure. The relationship
with Equinix gives customers yet another seamless way to extend their
on-premises network to Windows Azure by strategically using Equinix’s
global data center footprint where businesses are already connecting to
*Chris Sharp, general manager, Cloud, Equinix:
“Equinix’s neutral data center environment offers security, performance
and a globally consistent experience for enterprises that are moving into
the cloud. Through our relationship with Microsoft we can provide
customers with direct connectivity to Windows Azure, opening up new
opportunities in hybrid cloud computing.”
*Microsoft deploys Windows Azure in Equinix data centers (blog)
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,000 companies directly to
their customers and partners inside the world’s most networked data centers.
Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 31
strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations
discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such
differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring,
operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and
delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to
the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a
failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or
acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements
contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors;
the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to
repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from
our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see
Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix.
Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking
information contained in this press release.
Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.
International Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.
Microsoft Media Contacts:
Rapid Response Team
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Equinix Media Contacts (Americas):
Liam Rose, +1 650-598-6590
Caroline Kawashima, +1 415-318-4367
Equinix Media Contacts (APAC):
Lorraine Little-Bigelow, + (852) 2970 7742
Kendrick Leung, + (852) 2970 7711
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Emma Jenkins / Andrea Friedman
+ (852) 3944 5000
Equinix Media Contact (EMEA)
Rowland Harding, +44 (0)20 8846 0718
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