AT&T and Equinix build on relationship

AT&T and Equinix announced they are strengthening their relationship by making AT&T’s Switched Ethernet Service with Network On-Demand available to businesses in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.

AT&T and Equinix have been working together for over a decade. In 2014, for example, the companies announced they were working together by deploying AT&T’s networking technology across selected Equinix data centers globally. The recent expansion builds upon previous collaborations by allowing AT&T customers to use extensive cloud density available at Equinix facilities.

According to AT&T, over 90% of its business customers use some kind of cloud computing. The new AT&T Network on Demand service offered at Equinix data centers provides intelligence across cloud service providers, bringing connectivity and interconnection opportunities closer to where businesses are based. Companies will be able to spin up sites in days, providing voice, data and video applications.

“A dynamic network can differentiate a company. This is a critical move for many customers as they continue on their digital transformation and look to adopt technologies that require optimal speed and performance,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer at AT&T Business, in a statement. “Our work with Equinix lets us deliver the physical infrastructure and network connectivity options to support our customers’ evolving business needs.”

The new offering is similar to a service Equinix announced last December called Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric, which has software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities built into it. The service enabled users to connect their infrastructure across Equinix locations or to any other customers on the Equinix global platform, regardless of location.

“Today’s digital business environment demands high-performing, agile network operations. Cloud and data center services must offer the scalability and reliability that IT managers require, while helping enterprises rapidly scale their operations globally,” said Charles Meyers, president of strategy, services and innovation at Equinix. “AT&T’s network expansion is coming at the right time for our customers. As businesses are increasingly adopting the cloud, we are providing customers with the agility, connectivity and interconnection opportunities they need to compete and grow their businesses on a global scale.”

Among the metro data centers areas in which the AT&T Switched Ethernet Service with Network On-Demand is currently available include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Silicon Valley.

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