Data centre and interconnection provider Equinix has announced it is extending access to Alibaba Cloud for customers from 17 metros globally, including sites in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the United States.

The move will see Alibaba be able to access markets including Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. US metros, such as Chicago, Dallas and Denver, are also included in the partnership.

This is not to say Alibaba Cloud does not already have leverage in these areas. The company has 12 regions set up outside mainland China, of whom six – Dubai, Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo – are also part of the Equinix offering. London was the latest of these to be launched, towards the end of 2018.

Yet the utilisation of data centre interconnection via Equinix’s Platform Equinix and Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) will help enterprises connect more easily – and privately – to Alibaba Cloud. Alongside this, Alibaba Cloud has integrated its API with ECX Fabric to further streamline the connection process.

“Equinix’s global platform and ever-expanding footprint has made it easy for Alibaba Cloud to grow into new markets and offer our customers access to a rich ecosystem of cloud service providers via Platform Equinix and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric,” said Shunmum Zhu, researcher of network products at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence in a statement.

“This valuable and growing collaboration enables us to deliver further flexibility and security, while also bringing our services closer to businesses, without having to compromise on speed or performance,” he added.

In April, according to a report from the South China Morning Post, Alibaba Cloud pledged an additional 200 billion yuan ($28.2bn) into its cloud infrastructure in the coming three years. The move is to help businesses in China overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

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