At VMware Explore 2022 Europe, Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), the global digital infrastructure company, and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced an expanded global relationship to deliver new digital infrastructure and services multi cloud.
Together, the companies unveiled VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal, a new distributed cloud service that will provide a more efficient, secure and cost-effective cloud option to support enterprise applications. The service will combine cloud infrastructure as a service managed and supported by VMware with the global interconnected Bare Metal as a Service offering from Equinix. The service will extend customers’ cloud environments into distributed metro areas to meet critical enterprise performance requirements at the edge while enabling them to maintain the integrity of enterprise workloads.
“Until now, customers haven’t had a suitable cloud option that combines on-premises security and control with high performance, data localization, and low overall TCO,” said Dave McCarthy, Vice President of Research, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC. “For mission-critical applications that rely on low-latency, high-performance network bandwidth, the default has been to keep workloads on-premises or to meet real-time needs, such as data processing, in branches or metropolitan sites. With their combined strengths, Equinix and VMware are well positioned to deliver a distributed cloud service that will meet the demands of enterprise applications where latency, performance, security and data location are key factors.
VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal will be ideal for distributed cloud use cases including smart cities, video analytics, game development, real-time financial market trading, retail outlets, and a variety of use cases using IoT and machine learning/inference. The service will include VMware Cloud for consistent multi-cloud infrastructure and operations and Equinix Metal, a bare metal and automated interconnect offering delivered as a service across the entire International Business Exchange (IBX) global footprint. Equinix. VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal will provide private, low-latency access to private and public cloud environments, as well as thousands of IT and network providers, through the Equinix Fabric Interconnect. This built-in private connectivity will provide multi-cloud flexibility and choice with instant connectivity to all public cloud services. Customers will be able to purchase VMware Cloud Software as a Service from VMware and Bare Metal as a Service capability from Equinix.
“As enterprises accelerate their digital transformation by adopting hybrid multi-cloud architectures, they need consistent application experiences that span private and public clouds and span from core to edge,” said Zachary Smith, chief edge infrastructure services provider at Equinix. “We are excited to partner with VMware to provide a dedicated, on-demand cloud infrastructure solution that can be deployed globally. Customers benefit from secure connections to their private or on-premises critical environments, as well as the thousands of clouds, networks and other ecosystem participants that come together at Equinix.
“Companies in all industries are looking to become cloud-smart by matching enterprise application needs with best-in-class cloud environments. This approach will allow them to benefit from a consistent and high-performance infrastructure with a low TCO,” said Narayan Bharadwaj, vice president, Cloud Solutions at VMware. “VMware and Equinix are uniquely positioned to co-innovate on a distributed cloud service that extends VMware Cloud to new locations to deliver application choice and flexibility and accelerate cloud transformation for all businesses.
Equinix and VMware: Smart Cloud Innovation for Thousands of Customers Worldwide
For nearly a decade, Equinix and VMware have delivered solutions that meet enterprise demands for faster, more secure, and consistent multi-cloud infrastructure. Thousands of joint customers are accelerating their enterprise cloud transformation by running VMware workloads in Equinix data centers around the world. Equinix owns and operates a network of more than 240 data centers in 71 major metropolitan areas around the world and serves as a transit hub, enabling secure network connections between private and public clouds. This has made Equinix an ideal digital infrastructure foundation for the multi-cloud enterprise. VMware Cloud is the industry’s first and only multicloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that runs as a native service in more than 100 regions spanning major public clouds as well as more than 4,000 partner clouds, in centers private and edge data.
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