Equinix, Inc. has announced it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Networking Competency status in the AWS Partner Network (APN), underscoring Equinix's ongoing commitment to serving AWS customers by providing private and secure access inside its global footprint of International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. This distinction recognizes Equinix as a key Technology Partner in the APN, helping customers adopt, develop, and deploy networks on AWS.

"Equinix is proud to achieve AWS Networking Competency status. Together, Equinix and AWS Direct Connect accelerate Amazon Web Services adoption by making it easier to directly and securely connect to AWS and ensure the performance and availability of mission-critical applications and workloads," said Kaushik Joshi, global managing director, Strategic Alliances at Equinix.

Achieving the AWS Networking Competency differentiates Equinix as an APN member that provides specialized demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success with specific focus on networking based on AWS Direct Connect. To receive the designation, APN members must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

In April of this year, Equinix achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the AWS Partner Network. To obtain this status, AWS requires partners to meet stringent criteria, including the ability to demonstrate success in providing AWS services to a wide range of customers and use cases. Additionally, partners must complete a technical solution validation by AWS.

To help customers reduce costs, improve performance and achieve a more consistent network experience, Equinix offers AWS Direct Connect service in its IBX data centers in 21 markets globally, including the Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington, D.C. metro areas.

Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud providers that avoids the public internet is a growing business practice for leading companies. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers is forecast to grow at 160% CAGR between now and 2020.