Equinix, Inc. has announced the that it has established connectivity into Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service in the New York region, enabling all Equinix customers in the New York metro the ability to access AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options. The addition of New York brings the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect service to seventeen, globally.

The ability to directly connect to cloud service providers, such as AWS, is becoming increasingly important for enterprise CIOs as digital transformation fuels the need for virtualized, on-demand provider-based services. In fact, in a recent IDC report*, it was forecast that over the 2016-2021 period, overall public cloud spending will experience a 21% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth. By expanding AWS Direct Connect to additional locations in North America, Equinix is leveraging AWS Direct Connect services to enable enterprise CIOs to advance cloud strategies by seamlessly and safely incorporating public cloud services into their existing architectures.

The Equinix New York campus consists of eight data centers that serve as business hubs for approximately 825 companies across multiple industries, with a high concentration of financial services and media firms. In addition to directly connecting to AWS, Equinix New York customers can choose from a broad range of network services from 125 providers. Equinix New York data centers are also home to the Equinix Financial eXchange, a large community of financial market participants that exchange data in close proximity to each other to optimize their electronic trading operations. Access to the cloud is particularly important for the financial industry in today's digital economy. IDC predicts that, in 2017, banking will be among the top three U.S. industries leading the pack in global spending on public cloud services as they look for greater scalability, higher performance, and faster access to new technologies*.

With the addition of New York, Equinix now offers AWS Direct Connect service in Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.

*Source: IDC, Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide; July 2017