Equinix taps Juniper to enhance its cloud interconnection service

Equinix is enhancing its Cloud Exchange product, an interconnection solution that gives enterprise customers access to multiple cloud services and networks worldwide, by deploying Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge routers in 19 markets.

By using the Ethernet VPN capabilities of Juniper's MX Series Ethernet routers, the data center provider said it will be able to simplify cloud access and create private environments between cloud providers and their customers. Equinix will also use Juniper's technologies to address the emerging presence of mobility and virtualization in the enterprise network.

In addition, the MX Series routers will give Equinix and its growing customer base access to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture.

Implementing the Juniper MX gear comes at a time when Equinix is continually increasing its set of public cloud partners.

The service provider recently added Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect cloud service to its Frankfurt, Germany, International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers, a move that will enable Equinix's European business customers to establish a private connection to AWS.

Along with AWS, Equinix has been making similar agreements to carry Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure ExpressRoute out of its Washington, D.C., data center, while Level 3 Communications announced in May that it was integrating Equinix Cloud Exchange into its Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem.

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