Equinix’s Cloud Ecosystem Gains Momentum in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - 24 November 2014

Customers include Netswitch, Nexusguard and OneAsia 

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the continued growth of its cloud ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, with the number of cloud customers growing over 25 percent year-over-year. In Hong Kong specifically, cloud customers have increased 15 percent as local and international cloud service providers (CSPs) are choosing to deploy with Equinix Hong Kong as an entry point into Asia-Pacific.

International and local cloud service providers need reliable and secure IT infrastructure to support their cloud services offerings. Increasingly, these companies are looking for an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks around the globe.

Netswitch, Nexusguard and OneAsia are among the noteworthy Hong Kong customers that have joined Equinix’s cloud ecosystem while simultaneously leveraging the Equinix Cloud Exchange, a multi-cloud and multi-network solution. By connecting to Equinix’s Cloud Exchange, CSPs can rapidly advance their cloud computing agendas, scale their businesses globally and speed-up their time to market.

Hong Kong is the city of choice for cloud service providers breaking into the Asia-Pacific market. With 3,835 regional headquarters or offices based in the city and thousands of Hong Kong businesses located throughout the Greater Pearl River Delta (GPRD) region , Chinese and international CSPs are tapping into Hong Kong’s robust enterprise market for business expansion. In terms of cloud growth rates globally, Hong Kong also ranks the highest with 77 percent growth in the IaaS market from 2012 to 2013 ahead of North America at 60 percent and EMEA at 69 percent.

Netswitch, a global technology solutions provider that specializes in informational security, turned to Equinix’s global footprint to expand its presence in the United States and Asia-Pacific, beginning with its first deployment in Hong Kong. By deploying in Equinix’s Hong Kong data center with 99.999 percent uptime, direct cross connects, peering, and Ethernet services, Netswitch is able to expand rapidly around the globe and deliver maximum security without fear of downtime or latency. Netswitch now has secure access cloud resources at much higher throughput while increasing the privacy, performance and reliability of cloud service connections.

Nexusguard, an internet security solutions provider, deployed with Equinix in Hong Kong and the United States. As a leader in fighting malicious internet attacks and protecting its customers from security threats, Nexusguard will further reinforce its position in the market by increasing its points of presence (PoPs) to create the world's most reliable mega-cloud by 2016.

OneAsia, a cloud and disaster recovery solutions and services provider, deployed in Equinix Hong Kong to provide scalable and secure cloud solutions to its customers throughout Asia. Through Platform Equinix™, OneAsia can connect to 4,500 business partners and accelerate its business growth in the area of network connectivity as well as cloud solutions such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Virtual Desktop Virtualization (VDI).

Steve King, chief operating officer, VP Sales and Marketing, Netswitch, Inc: “Considering our rapid expansion across the US and Asia, as well as our need to provide the highest levels of security and operational reliability to our customers, we needed a data center partner with a global footprint that provided stability and met our network requirements. By deploying in Equinix’s IBX data center in Hong Kong, we’ve met these needs, with 99.999 percent uptime, reduced latency and access to a robust ecosystem of networks. This has enabled us to maintain our leadership position in the information security space, as we can guarantee that our customers’ mission-critical data is protected across continents.”

Chichi Chen, chief strategy officer, Nexusguard: “By joining Equinix, we are able to extend the secure path for our customers by eliminating security concerns associated with cloud computing across the public internet. Furthermore, Equinix’s interconnection platform will allow us to tap into additional client and partner opportunities while its global footprint will enable us to increase our points of presence. In turn, we are on track to create the world’s most reliable mega-cloud by 2016.”

Charles Lee, founder & CEO, OneAsia: “With Equinix’s strong foothold not only in Asia but also in the United States and Europe, it is an ideal partner for expanding business together. Fusing our high performance, scalable network connectivity with Equinix’s established cloud ecosystem and high network density means we can further strengthen our state-of-the-art cloud platform and applications while providing optimal levels of security, uptime and scalability to our customers.”

Alex Tam, managing director, Equinix Hong Kong: “With the rise of cloud service providers deploying in Hong Kong, as well as the increasing demand for hybrid cloud computing, machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies and big data, enterprises will need next-generation data centers with highly networked interconnection capabilities to succeed in this new landscape. The Equinix Cloud Exchange is built to do just that: provide enterprises with the ability to connect to multiple clouds, multiple users and multiple networks to fully reap the business benefits of cloud computing.”

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