Friday, October 24, 2014

Equinix Activates AWS Direct Connect from German Data Centers

Equinix began offering Amazon Web Services(AWS) Direct Connect cloud service from its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Germany.

Equinix operates data centers in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, for a total of 51,000+ square meters (548,760+ square feet) of colocation space in country.

The Equinix Frankfurt campus includes five Equinix IBX data centers, which are linked via Metro Connect fiber to enable the AWS Direct Connect service from any one of these five facilities. The Equinix Frankfurt campus is home to more than 400 national and international network operators, including one of the highest concentrations of networks servicing Eastern European countries.

Equinix said that by using AWS Direct Connect within its Frankfurt data center (FR5), from the Equinix data centers in Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf via Metro Connect or from other data centers in Germany or abroad via third-party carriers, customers can have a consistent, dedicated network connection to the cloud for higher performance at a lower cost.

“Our goal at Equinix is to help our enterprise customers realize the full benefits of the cloud – without worrying about application latency or cost issues. By providing access to AWS via the Direct Connect service, we are empowering our mutual customers to achieve improved performance of cloud-based applications,” stated Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix.

Amazon Web Services launched its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, its 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU).  AWS also operates in Ireland.

AWS said all its data centers are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), PCI DSS Level 1, and many more, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

The AWS EU region in Frankfurt operates on carbon neutral electricity.  It also conforms with EU data protection laws, ensuring that data remains within Germany.

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