March 29, 2012

Equinix, which supplies data center facilities around the world, has started offering enterprises the option of establishing private cloud operations in two of its facilities.

The large Equinix facilities in Secaucus, N.J., outside New York City, and Chicago will give customers the option of installing their server racks, then managing them as private infrastructure-as-a-service operations under Tier3 enabling software, Enterprise Cloud Platform. Tier3 supplies data center operational software that claims 99.999% enterprise application availability in a clustered server setting.

The Secaucus and Chicago centers were the first to get the Enterprise Cloud Platform option because they are close to major financial services centers. Customers typically choose an Equinix facility to be close to both networking and metropolitan business hubs.

The private cloud option will be added to Equinix facilities in London and Frankfurt by the end of the first half of the year, and a site in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the year. Equinix has Asian facilities in Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, as well as an Australian center in Sydney.

Equinix is noted for its 22 modern data center sites in North America, which house a wide variety of network access points. When Amazon Web Services wished to give its EC2 customers a direct pipeline to a private data center and networks, it established its AWS Direct Connect service with Equinix. The two Equinix centers offering the private cloud option, however, are not equipped with Direct Connect.

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