Equinix and Alibaba Cloud have formed a global partnership that will provide enterprises with access to Alibaba Cloud through Equinix's Cloud Exchange in its data centres in Sydney, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.
Equinix will deliver connectivity to the full suite of Alibaba Cloud services to enterprises with secure and direct access. With access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect, companies looking to expand into China will be able to leverage Alibaba Cloud's network in China.
Alibaba Cloud Global deputy general manager Yeming Wang said: "The global reach of Equinix Cloud Exchange makes it simple for Alibaba Cloud to access new markets. We are pleased to provide greater value and bring our services closer to enterprises by leveraging Equinix’s powerful, on-demand cloud connectivity, and in particular to provide greater connectivity to the Chinese market."
Both companies also announced the future addition of Frankfurt and London.
Jeremy Deutsch, managing director at Equinix Australia, said: "Equinix is proud to be a partner providing greater access to the Alibaba Cloud. Now available directly from our Sydney campus, the Alibaba Cloud adds to the most interconnected data centre campus in Australia and Equinix looks forward to supporting Alibaba Cloud’s growth in further markets in the future."
Equinix now offers private access to Alibaba Cloud in five regions. The data centre company offers direct and private access to multiple cloud service providers including AWS and is currently available in 21 markets globally.
Equinix vice president of global technology partners and alliances Greg Adgate said: "As one of the world’s leading and fastest growing cloud computing companies, Alibaba Cloud represents a significant partnership for Equinix as we continue to empower businesses around the globe to build secure, private clouds, without compromising network and application performance."
Cloudscene, an Australian directory of co-location data centres, has placed Equinix as the top data centre operator in four global regions: Oceania, North America, EMEA and Asia.
Alibaba Cloud was established in 2009 and is also known as Aliyun. The business unit provides cloud computing services including elastic computing and networking, security and management, databases and storage and SDN.
In November 2016, Alibaba Cloud announced it would open a data centre in Sydney before the end of that year.