October 23, 2014

Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service Now Available in Germany at Equinix Data Centers

Extends AWS Direct Connect availability to eight Equinix data centers, globally

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect cloud service in Equinix's Germany International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers. With AWS Direct Connect, companies across Europe can connect their customer-owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS, establishing a private connection to the cloud that can reduce costs, increase performance, and deliver more consistency. The Equinix Frankfurt location brings the total number of Equinix metros offering the service to eight, globally.

Cloud computing is rapidly growing in Europe, with the total cloud market set to more than double over the next three years and reach over $30 billion in 2017, according to IDC*. Yet, as cloud computing transcends borders, one of the top CIO concerns is compliance with German and European data protection laws. Overwhelming customer demand prompted AWS to bring this solution to market. By expanding AWS Direct Connect to continental Europe, and specifically Germany, Equinix and Amazon are enabling many enterprise CIOs to advance their hybrid cloud strategies by seamlessly and safely incorporating public cloud services into their existing architectures.

Principaux faits de l'annonce

  • IDC predicts that Germany is likely to be the country receiving the most attention from both local and multinational cloud service providers in 2014, with more than 60,000 square meters of cloud datacenter capacity deployed. The sheer size of the market ($1.7 billion spent on x86 server hardware in 2013), solid economic pace and relatively low penetration of cloud services makes it an irresistible target for many. IDC estimated that more than $1 billion was spent on hosted private cloud services in Germany in 2013, with double-digit growth expected again in 2014**.
  • Until now, companies looking to connect to AWS in continental Europe had to do so through the public Internet, or purchase connectivity from a network operator to an AWS Direct Connect location outside of continental Europe. By using AWS Direct Connect within Equinix's Frankfurt data center (FR5); from Equinix data centers in Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf via Metro Connect; or from other data centers in Germany or abroad via third-party carriers, customers can have a consistent, dedicated network connection to the cloud for higher performance at a lower cost.
  • The Equinix Frankfurt campus includes five Equinix IBX data centers, which are connected via Metro Connect. Customers can connect to the AWS Direct Connect service from any one of these five IBX data centers.  The Equinix Frankfurt campus is home to more than 400 national and international network operators, including one of the highest concentrations of networks servicing Eastern European countries.
  • Equinix now offers the AWS Direct Connect service in Frankfurt, London, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia. Equinix customers in these metros will be able to lower network costs into and out of AWS and take advantage of reduced AWS Direct Connect data transfer rates.


  • Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix:
    "Our goal at Equinix is to help our enterprise customers realize the full benefits of the cloud – without worrying about application latency or cost issues. By providing access to AWS via the Direct Connect service, we are empowering our mutual customers to achieve improved performance of cloud-based applications."
  • Donald Badoux, managing director, Equinix Germany:
    "German businesses need direct connections to cloud providers such as AWS to give them the speed, agility and security they need to compete in this market. The Equinix Cloud Exchange gives them the flexibility they require, and lets them future-proof their cloud adoption strategies."   

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,500 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world's most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 32 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

*IDC Predictions: European Cloud in 2014 – doc # QL51W, January 2014

** IDC Insight:  From Las Vegas to Dresden: The Implications of AWS' Recent Moves for German Cloud Users in 2014 – doc #GE53W, January 2014

Déclarations prospectives
Ce communiqué de presse contient des déclarations prospectives qui s'accompagnent de risques et d'incertitudes. Les résultats réels sont susceptibles de présenter des différences substantielles avec les perspectives évoquées dans lesdites déclarations. Les facteurs pouvant engendrer de telles différences comprennent, sans s'y limiter : les difficultés à acquérir, exploiter et construire des datacentres IBX et ainsi développer, déployer et assurer la prestation des services d'Equinix ; les frais ou difficultés imprévues liés à l'intégration à Equinix de sociétés acquises ou en passe de l'être ; le défaut de recettes significatives de clients de datacentres récemment construits ou acquis ; l'incapacité à respecter les modalités de financement envisagées ponctuellement ; la concurrence de rivaux existants et nouveaux ; la capacité à générer des flux de trésorerie suffisants ou, à défaut, d'obtenir des fonds pour rembourser des dettes nouvelles ou en souffrance ; la perte ou la baisse d'activité de nos clients principaux ; et d'autres risques décrits ponctuellement dans les documents déposés par Equinix auprès de la « Securities and Exchange Commission ». Veuillez notamment consulter les rapports trimestriels et annuels d'Equinix récemment déposés auprès de la « Securities and Exchange Commission », dont Equinix peut vous fournir des exemplaires sur demande. Equinix n'est en aucun cas tenu de mettre à jour les informations prospectives contenues dans ce communiqué de presse.

Equinix et IBX sont des marques déposées d'Equinix, Inc.
International Business Exchange est une marque d'Equinix, Inc.

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