It’s been just a couple months since Equinix announced our new Dallas data center was fully operational, but that’s been long enough to draw major customers and services that are enhancing the facility’s appeal as an interconnection hub.
Clear Government Solutions and Global Capacity are two of the names inside Equinix’s DA6 facility.
Their presence in Dallas, along with the newly-minted Equinix Cloud Exchange, is increasing the interconnection that Equinix is known for — and which is critical to building a better hybrid cloud.
“The breadth of companies in DA6 underscores Equinix’s critical role as a global data center provider and cloud enabler,” said Karl Strohmeyer, president of Americas Equinix.
Equinix officially opened DA6 in late March, but we’ve been in Dallas since 2000 and have five data centers there today. The region has long been a U.S. communications center, and its location makes it a natural hub for routing Internet traffic between the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and to Latin America. That makes DA6 an ideal gateway for connecting with new partners or customers in those regions. Our expanding presence in Dallas — and the interconnection it’s enabling – makes us part of why Dallas is becoming a center of the developing digital economy.
There’s no doubt that the Equinix Cloud Exchange has been a significant draw to prospective DA6 customers. The exchange enables simultaneous, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds, across multiple networks, to multiple resources globally. It’s a route to the optimal hybrid cloud, and Dallas is one of 16 markets where it’s available.
Here’s a quick look at Clear Government Solutions and Global Capacity, and why being in DA6 matters to them:
_ Clear Government Solutions is a cloud service provider for federal agencies. CGS was already with Equinix in Dallas and Washington D.C. before becoming the first tenant at DA6. This enabled them to quickly pursue a rigorous security certification from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP, for Cloud Computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
“With this second deployment in Dallas, we are able to optimize our cloud service offerings to our current customers, and look to leverage our Equinix deployments here in Dallas and also in D.C. to support the eventuality of providing CGS’ cloud infrastructure as a service to state and local governments,” said Chris Grady, CGS president.
_ Global Capacity offers a combination of its interconnected network platform, One Marketplace, and Equinix’s Performance Hub – an enterprise network extension which aims to ease entry onto the cloud – in nine Equinix data centers, including DA6. Ben Edmond, Global Capacity’s chief revenue officer, said Dallas is in high demand by his company’s customers because it’s a national and global economic center and a Latin American gateway.
“Our relationship with Equinix allows our customers cost-effective access to cloud-based applications and content delivery networks,” he said.