Equinix offers direct Alibaba Cloud access via HK IBX

Equinix offers direct Alibaba Cloud access via HK IBXEquinix customers at its Hong Kong international business exchange (IBX) data center will be able to take advantage of direct, scalable access to the Alibaba Cloud thanks to an expanded partnership agreement between the two companies.

Equinix has arranged to provide access to Alibaba Cloud via its Equinix Cloud Exchange in its data centers in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Sydney and Washington DC.

Alibaba Cloud and Equinix first entered into partnership in 2015, initially to provide already provide access to the Alibaba Cloud from the Equinix Singapore IBX.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange offers direct and private access to multiple cloud service providers. The service launched in Hong Kong in 2014.

The US International Trade Administration predicts that the Chinese cloud computing market will grow at a 40% CAGR though to 2020, when it will reach US$20 billion.

"The global reach of Equinix Cloud Exchange makes it simple for Alibaba Cloud to access new markets, Alibaba Cloud deputy GM Yeming Wang said. "We are pleased to provide greater value and bring our services closer to enterprises by leveraging Equinix's powerful, on-demand cloud connectivity, and in particular to provide greater connectivity to the Chinese market."

Equinix VP of global technology partners and alliances Greg Adgate added that "Alibaba Cloud represents a significant partnership for Equinix as we continue to empower businesses around the globe to build secure, private clouds, without compromising network and application performance."