Here's some cloud connectivity news that doesn't involve the big 3 public cloud providers we hear about all the time yet still takes on what will surely become the biggest market of them all. Equinix has partnered with Alibaba Cloud to offer direct access from four additional nodes of the Equinix Cloud Exchange, with two more to come.
Multinational enterprises can now tap into Alibaba Cloud from Equinix facilities in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Washington DC. Frankfurt and London will soon be on that list as well, and Singapore already was. Equinix's Cloud Exchange spans some 21 markets globally these days, so I'll bet they continue to add to that list over time.
Of course, Alibaba Cloud is modeled off of Amazon AWS just as much of the rest of Alibaba is (taobao etc), the difference being which side of the Great Firewall of China one needs to do business on. The ways in which China restricts telecommunications and technology on that side mean that multinational companies who want to crack the Chinese market pretty much have to plan to have infrastructure in China, and doing that via the cloud is obviously the natural way to go about it.
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