Equinix, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect cloud service in Equinix's Los Angeles (IBX®) data centers. With AWS Direct Connect, companies can connect their customer-owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS, establishing a private connection to the cloud that can reduce costs, increase performance, and deliver a more consistent network experience. The Equinix Los Angeles location brings the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect service to twelve, globally, five of those are within North America.

"As one of the early data center partners to offer AWS Direct Connect services, our goal has always been to provide our customers with the ability to realize the full benefits of the cloud — without worrying about application latency or cost issues. By offering access to AWS via the Direct Connect service in Los Angeles, we are providing additional ways for our North American customers to achieve improved performance of their cloud-based applications," said Greg Adgate, vice president, Equinix.

Cloud adoption continues to rise among both startups and the enterprise.  In fact, recent survey results from 451 Research's "Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud" program found that 52% of 440 enterprises surveyed indicated that their public cloud spending would increase in the immediate future.* By providing direct access to AWS cloud inside Equinix data centers, Equinix is enabling enterprise CIOs to advance their cloud strategies by seamlessly and safely incorporating public cloud services into their existing architectures.

"Our quarterly survey of cloud adoption and spending shows steadily increasing growth in both enterprise usage and investment in cloud services. Equinix is fostering this trend by enabling direct, low-latency, secure connections to cloud services, like AWS Direct Connect, within its multi-tenant facilities," said Andrew Reichman, director, Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud.

The Equinix Los Angeles campus includes four Equinix IBX data centers, which are connected via Metro Connect. While AWS Direct Connect service will reside in the LA3 facility, customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect from any one of these IBX data centers through Metro Connect.  Equinix's Los Angeles data centers are business hubs for more than 250 companies, and offer interconnections to network services from more than 80 service providers.

Equinix Los Angeles data centers are central to the network strategies of digital content and entertainment companies looking to reach their end users quickly. These companies can now leverage the benefits of AWS cloud to create, deliver and measure compelling content and customer experiences in a highly scalable, elastic, secure and cost effective manner utilizing AWS Direct Connect.

With the addition of Los Angeles, Equinix now offers the AWS Direct Connect service in Amsterdam, Dallas, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Osaka, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia. Equinix customers in these metros will be able to lower network costs into and out of AWS and take advantage of reduced AWS Direct Connect data transfer rates.