AWS re:Invent 2019 Madness Preview

Where AI, serverless and hybrid cloud come together with chicken wings, Broomball and marching bands

Kaushik Joshi

Where else but AWS re:Invent 2019 can you indulge both the left and right sides of your brain? This year’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) developer’s conference offers everything from a chicken wing eating contest, to learning how to play Broomball (think Quidditch from Harry Potter), to sessions on the latest advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), Kubernetes and hybrid cloud at the edge. And if none of that excites you, you can sit back and relax to the beat of a marching band or even sing in a choir.

At AWS re:Invent 2019 (December 2-6 in Las Vegas), we expect to hear updates about some of the exciting AWS partnership announcements from last year’s conference. For example, how to accelerate business growth and create virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) and hybrid cloud environments with VMware Cloud on AWS. And for customers running hybrid IT environments with more than one cloud provider, we expect to hear some new AWS multicloud partnership announcements.

32 markets across 25 countries

AWS Direct Connect can be accessed via Platform Equinix worldwide

Deploying a high-performance AWS/VMware hybrid cloud infrastructure

For our part at this year’s AWS re:Invent, we’ll be meeting with enterprises and service providers to talk about our unique partnership with AWS and VMware. Businesses can directly and securely interconnect VMware Cloud on AWS via AWS Direct Connect and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) via Platform Equinix®. With VMware Cloud on AWS and Equinix, companies can seamlessly migrate or extend workloads from on-premises VMware infrastructures to the AWS cloud without needing to re-architect or convert applications. No other interconnection and colocation data center provider can provide the same global reach and access to digital and business ecosystems as Equinix.

Organizations can also build high performing, secure hybrid IT infrastructures for their users and partners using ECX Fabric and AWS Direct Connect, which provide flexible connectivity to ecosystems of various network and cloud providers on Platform Equinix. This enables enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively build high-performance, cloud adjacent hybrid IT architectures to support complex business applications from companies such as SAP® and Oracle®. And our managed service provider and system integrator partners can leverage the Platform Equinix global footprint, AWS Direct Connect (especially the higher speeds) and ECX Fabric to help their enterprise customers migrate and build hybrid cloud applications to achieve their digital transformation objectives.

VMware Cloud on AWS Direct Connect and Platform Equinix

Enterprises can quickly and cost-effectively build high- performance cloud adjacent hybrid IT architectures for business apps such as SAP and Oracle via AWS.

Expanding high-speed access to AWS

Equinix’s global platform delivers direct and secure access to AWS Direct Connect in 32 markets across 25 countries.  In June 2019, we were proud to announce that Equinix was a launch partner for the new AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Program and one of the first AWS partners to offer 1, 2, 5, and 10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect Hosted Connections. The higher-speed, low-latency capacities give our customers fast, secure and scalable virtual interconnection to AWS in all ECX Fabric™ markets worldwide, including the most recent Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center locations in New York and Hong Kong.

AWS Direct Connect Hosted Connections help increase the speed of provisioning for enterprise deployments and solve for dynamic network requirements, when there is a need to quickly establish connections in a multi-AWS virtual private cloud (VPC) environment. It also allows customers to more easily solve for multicloud and hybrid cloud networking challenges.

Enterprises seeking to migrate workloads that require higher connection speeds with lower latency can rely on AWS Direct Connect for:

  • Databases migrations (e.g., Oracle, Microsoft SQL, etc.) by leveraging AWS tools
  • Migration of on-premises VMware and SAP applications to AWS
  • Hybrid/multicloud architecture for mission-critical applications, especially based on VMware and SAP
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery environments

Equinix AWS re:Invent VIP event

Also, if you are attending AWS re:Invent 2019, don’t miss our special VIP event at the exclusive Boombox Room hidden inside the Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. This location is only open on select evenings throughout the year so don’t miss your chance to experience top notch food and music with other re:Invent attendees while learning about how Equinix can help you connect to AWS. The Equinix VIP Event is happening on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, the Cosmopolitan Hotel, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109

For more information on how you can leverage Platform Equinix to directly and securely interconnect your business to VMware Cloud on AWS, read our VMware Cloud on AWS solution brief.

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Kaushik Joshi Global Managing Director at Equinix