Amazon is the undeniable king of the the first public cloud era, and therefore it’s into their infrastructure where the biggest demand for cloud connectivity has been and continues to be. And so today we have three major infrastructure providers announcing expanded support for AWS Direct Connect, which itself has been around for two years already.
Equinix is offering additional connectivity options across six key markets worldwide as well as now via its Ethernet Exchange. The latter reaches into 8M lit buildings across 17 markets.
For its part, CoreSite is now supporting sub-1G pipes as well as connections to AWS GovCloud. They’re hooking up that new Open Cloud Exchange of theirs at One Wilshire in LA and 32 Ave of the Americas in Manhattan. They’re also supprting extended network connectivity out of their Silicon Valley, Virginia, and Boston locations.
And Level 3 is now an AWS Partner Network Technology Partner, offering private network connections to all AWS Direct Connect locations. Last week they unveiled a more general cloud connect solution, but of course we all knew AWS was one of the key pieces of that even if they did wait to announce it separately.