Equinix, Inc. has announced that VMware® vCloud Air™ is available on Platform Equinix™ in Europe. The service is available via direct connect within Equinix's London and Frankfurt metros, and remotely across Europe via carriers. These dedicated, private connections reduce network costs and provide higher, more consistent network performance than Internet-based connections for enterprise customers looking to build VMware-based hybrid clouds, alongside other cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

"We are delighted to be working with VMware to facilitate adoption of vCloud Air, over both the Internet and via direct connect for hybrid- and multi-cloud architectures. Today there is strong demand for high performance enterprise-grade cloud services, and VMware is a welcome addition to our growing ecosystem of best-in-class cloud service providers,” said Mark Adams, chief development officer, Equinix.

VMware vCloud Air allows customers to extend their existing on-premises IT infrastructure seamlessly into vSphere-hosted private cloud and public clouds. Customers have the ability to build the network/architecture spanning all three environments, giving them full control to meet their data security and sovereignty requirements. The solution is now available via direct connect inside Equinix's LD5 International Business Exchange™ (IBX) data center in London and FR2 data center in Frankfurt, with the potential to scale across Equinix's global data center footprint.

"Working with Equinix accelerates our access to customers and our customers' access to cloud applications that can run seamlessly both on- and off-premises. Customers gain new data center locations for VMware vCloud Air and complementary connection, network, colocation, hosting and managed services to facilitate their hybrid cloud build-out," said Gavin Jackson, vice president and general manager, vCloud business unit, VMware.

VMware vCloud Air integrates seamlessly with a company's current IT infrastructure (whether on-premises or hosted in an Equinix IBX), delivering the ease and flexibility to extend applications into the cloud as additional capacity is needed. It is compatible with existing enterprise applications, making it straightforward to build new, cloud-native applications and achieve business agility and efficiency in a more secure, reliable and compliant manner.

The availability of the vCloud Air service enables customers to address European Union compliance and data protection regulation as locally hosted data is inherent in the service, alongside the global reach offered through Equinix.