Equinix Announces AWS Direct Connect and AWS GovCloud Expansions

Phil Schwarzmann


Equinix announced the availability of the AWS Direct Connect service in the SE2 and SE3 data centers in Seattle. Now you can connect 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.

“By leveraging AWS Direct Connect inside Equinix data centers, customers can take advantage of the cost savings and performance benefits of hybrid environments. 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,” says Chris Sharp, General Manager for Cloud and Content at Equinix.

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 as opposed to weeks typically needed. 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 roll out of AWS Direct Connect in Equinix’s Ashburn, Virginia 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.

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.

Simultaneously, Equinix customers can now connect to the AWS GovCloud (US) from all existing AWS Direct Connect locations in North America. AWS GovCloud (US) is designed to allow US government agencies and their contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. All of the benefits of AWS and GovCloud are now available to federal agencies and the enterprises that serve them.

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