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Tie-up brings Amazon services closer to AP

Veronica C. Silva | Jan. 18, 2012
Equinix's data centres in the region make it easier for customers to access Amazon Web Services.

Here's good news for customers in the Asia Pacific region who would like to connect to Amazon Web Services. Amazon has forged a partnership with global data centre provider Equinix so that enterprise customers in the region can hook up to the AWS Direct Connect through Equinix's data centres.

AWS Direct Connect is now available through the Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Singapore and Tokyo. The Amazon service allows customers to connect to AWS through a data centre, the company or another co-location service. Amazon said this set-up, which is a private network connection, reduces network costs while increasing bandwidth throughput.

The partnership also allows Equinix customers in the region to connect to the Amazon Web  connectivity "via a simple cross-connect that can be established in a matter of days." Aside from establishing a private connection, Equinix said customers who use AWS Direct Connect can experience consistent network performance.

The Asia Pacific implementation takes off from a similar partnership that Equinix and Amazon have in Silicon Valley.

"With AWS Direct Connect inside Equinix data centres, customers can directly touch the cloud. Many customers can now take advantage of the cost savings of cloud computing. With our successful collaboration with Amazon, Equinix is becoming the de facto 'cloud hub,' facilitating direct connections between users and cloud providers," said Chris Sharp, general manager, content and digital media, Equinix.


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