Ok, I think it's clear that one of this year's main themes in the networking and colo worlds is going to be cloud connectivity. Everyone is jockeying for position, and this week we have at least three significant moves -- one by Equinix just this morning in advance of earnings later, one yesterday from Level 3 and Digital Realty, and one the day before over at DuPont Fabros and tw telecom.
Equinix went all in on cloud interconnection just this morning, unveiling an ambitious new Cloud Exchange aimed at helping customers manage the connectivity needed for multi-cloud environments. Equinix has always had one of the most well developed ecosystems, which the new cloud exchange aims to build on. The two clouds initially targeted are of course Amazon's AWS and MicroSoft's Azure.
Meanwhile, Digital Realty and Level 3 have joined forces for cloud connectivity. The goal here is the same, i.e. providing direct connections to Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure. But in this case it's an alliance of a giant space wholesaler with a giant bandwidth wholesaler, which makes plenty of sense given how tightly connectivity and cloud computing infrastructure are becoming intertwined.
And the day before that it was DuPont Fabros teaming up with a network operator. They tapped tw telecom for direct connectivity to Amazon's AWS from five of the company's data center. The lucky facilities include four in northern Virginia (ACC4, ACC5, ACC6, VA3) and one in Chicago (DC1). tw telecom has been spending recent quarters building a highly automated network capable of doing great things for cloud connectivity for enterprises.
Of course, earlier this month we saw a global network operator rebrand itself entirely into the new vocabulary, as Reliance Globalcom became Global Cloud Xchange. And there have been any number of other examples by companies large and small. And to think cross connects and Ethernet private lines weren't already sexy enough.
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