The partnership is intended to help enterprises more easily connect and migrate higher priority workloads to Google Cloud.
The data centre and interconnection firm Equinix has become a Google Cloud Premier Partner to address the growing appetite for hybrid, multi-cloud solutions.
Equinix provides private interconnection for companies operating across markets to improve their global reach and connect to key customers, partners and suppliers.
Customers who use Equinix’s interconnection services will have support to help them configure their telecom and service architecture to accelerate digital transformation.
The power of the combo
The parties say that the combo of Equinix’s Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) and Google Cloud’s Interconnect services, while the integration of Equinix SmartKey and Google Cloud’s External Key Manager(EKM) provides customers with secure key storage, encryption and tokenization services to improve performance and risk.
Apparently this can also help customers meet governance and compliance at the digital edge, close to clouds and carriers.
Equinix recently rolled out one of its largest expansions of ECX Fabric, providing increased access to an ecosystem of clouds, networks, partners and customers that are critical to digital business. Equinix currently houses more than 35% of Google Cloud on-ramps in over 35 cities through dedicated or partners’ services.
Enterprises can colocate equipment for hybrid multi-cloud workloads on Platform Equinix, with low latency, to the nearest Google Cloud regions.
The research says so
Findings from Equinix’s 2019-20 Global Tech Trends Survey, which explores the key technological trends defining organizations’ IT strategies across the world, showed a global trend toward the adoption of hybrid multi-cloud strategies and an increase in the number of IT functions dependent on the cloud.
It found that direct and secure connectivity is key to deploying and managing hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure to ensure peak performance and data security. Some 51% of the IT decision-makers surveyed are deploying hybrid multi-cloud models.
An estimated 44% of their IT infrastructure is on the cloud, but 71% of respondents globally plan to move more functions, such as productivity tools, databases and business-critical applications, onto the cloud.
Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, President, EMEA, Equinix, said, “Cloud computing isn’t a differentiator anymore, it’s a business-critical asset. In our most recent Global Tech Trends Survey, the majority of IT decision-makers surveyed in EMEA claimed they would be migrating more functionality to the cloud within the next year.
“Equinix’s Google Cloud Premier Partner status enables them to do this more seamlessly. Given the global challenges we face in the wake of COVID-19, this is now more important than ever.”