Increasing Operational Agility with Hybrid Cloud
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Watch the replay above of our recent hybrid cloud webinar (presented in collaboration with VMware and Equinix) to learn more about the hybrid cloud and how it is enabling business agility. Then download Tier 3’s hybrid cloud datasheet to learn how your business can take advantage of enterprise-grade hybrid cloud computing services. At this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Gartner analysts revealed cloud computing as one of their top 10 strategic technologies for 2012 (calling out hybrid cloud in particular), marking the fourth year running that cloud computing has been named to this list. Gartner describes cloud computing as “a disruptive force,” with “the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries,” and notes that enterprises are now beginning to move past understanding the cloud to making decisions on implementation. The hybrid cloud is one cloud computing implementation model that allows workloads, applications, and virtual machines to be ported between public and private clouds as necessary. Because hybrid cloud “brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum,” Gartner says it will be a “major focus for 2012.” Already these benefits have resulted in hybrid cloud making up around 20% of all current enterprise cloud deployments, according to a recent Market Pulse survey. At Tier 3, we’re seeing first-hand how our customers are increasing business agility by leveraging enterprise hybrid cloud computing. Obeo, a leading virtual home tours provider, has moved much of its back-office IT stack (comprising 25 different servers) into the cloud—reducing cost and operational complexity while allowing the company to focus on its core competencies instead of maintaining its own IT environment. Warehouse management systems provider HighJump Software is another hybrid cloud success story: by making use of the hybrid cloud, HighJump was able to break into the SaaS market and free customers from deploying or managing software in their own data centers.
Companies team to deliver enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions
Redwood City, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash. — March 27, 2012 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and Tier 3, the enterprise cloud platform provider, today announced a partnership to create an enterprise-ready gateway to the cloud by offering Tier 3’s Enterprise Cloud Platform via Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. The partnership enables enterprise customers to take advantage of the business agility and cost efficiency cloud technologies offer by using Tier 3’s enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service across Platform Equinix™. Initially, Tier 3’s solution will be available in Equinix’s Chicago and New York data centers with plans to expand globally, first into Europe and later to Asia.
“Platform Equinix provides secure, scalable and highly interconnected data center services across 38 strategic global markets. Our network choice combined with access to a wide array of leading cloud services solutions, gives customers a rich environment to build and integrate private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions,” said Chris Sharp, general manager, cloud and content for Equinix. “Our partnership with Tier 3 further strengthens Equinix’s position as the destination of choice for enterprise cloud deployments through high availability, security and business continuity required for a hybrid or virtual private cloud solution.”
Tier 3 serves the enterprise market with a public cloud solution known for its high-availability, and built-in business continuity as well as security features that enable isolated environments for each customer. Through a secure, cross connect, customers inside Equinix data centers will be able to quickly deploy a Virtual Private Cloud solution from Tier 3. This creates an extension of the customer’s enterprise, transforming the public cloud into a virtual private environment that meets IT’s stringent requirements for security and compliance.
“2012 is a tipping point year for hybrid cloud adoption as businesses move production workloads to the cloud. Virtual private cloud offerings such as the one created by the combination of high availability and security in Tier 3’s enterprise cloud and the high performance, low latency connectivity of Platform Equinix, are uniquely positioned to serve this growing demand,” said Adam Wray, president and chief executive officer at Tier 3.
About Tier 3
Tier 3 brings enterprise-class cloud services to businesses globally via its Federated Cloud. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company provides an enterprise-grade virtual private cloud software platform, enhanced by a framework-agnostic cloud orchestration layer to enable IT automation and agility. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability ― with 99.999% SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment — Tier 3 Federated Cloud services are optimized for production environments and mission-critical applications. For more information, visit www.tier3.com
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centers, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. Platform Equinix connects more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies including more than 690 network service providers to help them grow their businesses, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth. http://www.equinix.com.