Equinix, Inc., the world’s digital infrastructure company, and VMware, Inc., the world’s cloud computing company, announced an expanded global partnership to deliver new digital infrastructure and multi-cloud services.
The companies collaborated to launch VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal, a new distributed cloud service that will provide a more performant, secure, and cost-effective cloud option for enterprise applications. The service will integrate VMware-managed and supported cloud infrastructure as a Service with Equinix’s globally interconnected Bare Metal as a Service offering. Customers’ cloud environments will be extended into distributed metro locations to meet business-critical performance demands at the edge while preserving the integrity of enterprise workloads.
“Customers to date have lacked a suitable cloud option that combines on-premises security and control with high performance, data locality, and low overall TCO,” said Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC. “For mission-critical applications that rely on low latency and high-performance network bandwidth, the default has been to retain workloads on-premises or perform real-time needs, such as data processing, at branch office or metro locations. With their combined strengths, Equinix and VMware are well positioned to deliver a distributed cloud service that will address the demands of enterprise applications where latency, performance, security, and data locality are key drivers.”
VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal will be ideal for distributed cloud use cases such as smart cities, video analytics, game development, real-time financial market trading, retail POS, and a variety of IoT and ML/Inference-based use cases. VMware Cloud for consistent multicloud infrastructure and operations, as well as Equinix Metal, an automated bare metal and interconnection offering delivered as a service across Equinix’s global International Business Exchange (IBX) footprint, will be included in the service.
Through Equinix Fabric® interconnection, VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal will provide private, low-latency access to both private and public cloud environments, as well as thousands of IT and network providers. This built-in private connectivity will provide multicloud flexibility and choice, as well as instant access to all public cloud services. Customers will be able to purchase VMware Cloud software as a service from VMware as well as Equinix’s Bare Metal as a Service capacity.
“As companies accelerate their digital transformation by adopting hybrid multicloud architectures, they require consistent application experiences that span private and public clouds, and reach from the core to the edge,” said Zachary Smith, Global Head of Edge Infrastructure Services at Equinix. “We are pleased to partner with VMware to provide an on-demand, dedicated cloud infrastructure solution that can be deployed globally. Customers benefit from secure connections to their critical private or on-prem environments and also to the thousands of clouds, networks and other ecosystem participants that come together at Equinix.”
“Businesses across industries are seeking to become cloud smart by matching enterprise application needs to the best cloud environments. This approach will enable them to benefit from high performance and consistent infrastructure with low TCO,” said Narayan Bharadwaj, Vice President, Cloud Solutions at VMware. “VMware and Equinix are uniquely positioned to co-innovate on a distributed cloud service that extends VMware Cloud to new locations to provide application choice and flexibility and accelerate cloud transformation for all enterprises.”
Over nearly a decade, Equinix and VMware have delivered solutions that meet business demands for fast, more secure, and consistent multicloud infrastructure. Thousands of mutual customers are accelerating their enterprise cloud transformation by running VMware workloads in Equinix data centers around the world. Equinix owns and operates a network of more than 240 data centers in 71 major metro areas around the world and serves as a transit hub, enabling secure network connections across private and public clouds. This has made Equinix an ideal digital infrastructure foundation for the multicloud enterprise. VMware Cloud is the industry’s first and only multicloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that runs as a native service in 100+ regions spanning major public clouds as well as 4,000+ partner clouds, in private data centers and at the edge.