Equinix adds CloudSigma to Cloud Exchange, broadens cloud-service reach

Equinix has taken another step toward providing more cloud services to enterprises through its growing network of data centers by adding CloudSigma, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, to its Cloud Exchange.

Through this agreement, enterprises will be able to gain access to CloudSigma services globally via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, a network interconnection point that can provide hybrid cloud solutions through on-demand access to multiple clouds and networks.

By establishing a presence in Equinix's Cloud Exchange, CloudSigma gains a number of benefits: access to global standardized business processes, lower operational expenses, and automated ordering and provisioning, which reduces the time to onboard customer network connections. CloudSigma can also get access to private networking services and the ability to easily interconnect with service providers and enterprises stationed on the Cloud Exchange.

"By providing enterprises with direct, private access to our public cloud, we are able to significantly enhance performance and security, while capitalizing on Equinix's global footprint," said Robert Jenkins, CEO of CloudSigma, in a release. "We are actively expanding our partnership with Equinix across new geographies and joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange will enable us to extend our reach even further."

Equinix's Silicon Valley SV5 data center is the initial Cloud Exchange connection point for CloudSigma.

CloudSigma is just one of many service providers that Equinix has attracted to the Cloud Exchange. Other participating service providers include TW Telecom and Level 3, which established a similar pact in May.

Besides traditional service providers, Equinix is attracting key software players, such as Microsoft. In July, it added Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure ExpressRoute by offering the service out of its Washington, D.C., Cloud Exchange facility.

Currently available in 17 global markets, Equinix plans to expand its Cloud Exchange to 19 markets by the end of 2014.

For more:
- see the release

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