Equinix is planning to bring its Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) capabilities to Asia Pacific region this year.
The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric leverages software-defined networking (SDN) to enable multiple connections through one port. It is a platform which allows customers to connect with any other ECX Fabric customers in the region.
It helps customers to implement economic data replication and synchronization for business continuity, and enables inter-country connectivity to backup cloud services.
Its availability in APAC will help enterprises in the region to easily provision connections to other ECX Fabric facilities in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore to build highly available strategies in near real time.
ECX Fabric customers can also directly connect to key service providers including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and SAP.
Equinix believes that interconnection with key business partners and customers is becoming an essential element of digital supply chain, as companies move to digital business models.
The interconnection removes the need of traversing public internet or WAN, and enables direct and private access to cloud service providers, SaaS providers, network service providers and more. The key advantages of interconnection are improved application performance, reduced latency, increased security, and improved network control.
The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric capabilities are currently available in all the EXC Fabric locations in Americas, and EMEA regions. It is expected to be available in APAC in their quarter of 2018.
Furthermore, Equinix recently partnered with Omantel to establish a joint venture in Barka, the capital of Oman. The joint venture will provide data center and interconnection services to carriers, content providers, and cloud providers in the Middle East.
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