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Global data centre operator Equinix is collaborating with IBM Cloud in Melbourne — and other cities — in a move it says will help enterprises accelerate hybrid cloud deployments.

According to Equinix, the expanded collaboration brings private and scalable connectivity to global enterprises at the digital edge via its Cloud Exchange Fabric.

The company said on Thursday the expansion built on the long-standing IBM and Equinix relationship where IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange was deployed in more of its International Business Exchange data centres worldwide than any other Direct Link Exchange provider.

Jeremy Deutsch, managing director of Equinix Australia, said, “Australian businesses are increasingly adopting hybrid multicloud strategies to embrace new technologies and progress their digital transformations.

“Providing the ability to connect with IBM Cloud in Sydney and Melbourne will help enterprises across the country quickly and securely deploy their hybrid cloud solutions and in turn, accelerate our digital economy.”

According to Equinix, many companies today were using a hybrid cloud strategy with a combination of public, private and on-premises capabilities.

“A hybrid cloud strategy addresses major enterprise concerns as they move more of their applications to the cloud, including security concerns, data protection and protocols, availability, and cloud management," the company claimed.

“To enable hybrid cloud deployments for enterprises, Equinix and IBM are leveraging the global ECX Fabric to provide private connectivity to IBM Cloud, including Direct Link Exchange, Direct Link Dedicated and Direct Link Dedicated Hosting.”

Gabriel Montanti, Global Offering executive, IBM Cloud, said: “Enterprises are rapidly building next-generation applications on the cloud that leverage blockchain, AI, IoT, machine learning and more.

“With the ability to directly connect to business-critical applications from multiple points of presence within Equinix data centres located in key global metros, our customers can anticipate to more effectively integrate hybrid cloud strategies designed for improved security, reliability and performance."

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