In an effort to accelerate hybrid cloud initiatives in enterprises, IBM, in partnership with Equinix, announced it is offering IBM Cloud through Equinix Cloud Exchange.
The service is available in nine markets spanning Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Paris, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., IBM said.
Enterprises can access the complete portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer via the Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Equinix also enhanced the platform with better API functionality, allowing service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning.
By extending the partnership to include additional secure and dynamic connections through Cloud Exchange, SoftLayer provides its customers with the ability to easily move production workloads in and out of the cloud, thus better enabling them to fully realize their hybrid cloud strategies, IBM said.
The partnership will help address many of the barriers associated with enterprise cloud adoption, IBM said.
While IT decision makers are keen to implement multi-cloud architectures, security and performance concerns affect majority of the decision making process. Equinix Cloud Exchange addresses these concerns by providing direct access to multiple cloud and network service providers through a single port.
Ihab Tarazi, chief technology officer, Equinix, said, “SoftLayer, with its broad reach into the enterprise market and proven success in networking will be a great asset to Cloud Exchange, enabling customers to seamlessly replicate data between markets.”
“Our direct access capabilities to cloud services such as SoftLayer, provide enterprise customer with a choice of multiple clouds to better enable their hybrid cloud strategies,” Tarazi added.
The partnership comes on the heels of IBM’s recent association with Equinix to deliver direct cloud connection inside