Telefónica has announced a partnership with cloud interconnection provider Equinix to offer hybrid computing and cloud solutions to enterprises.

The operator will connect business customers to the Equinox Cloud Exchange, which offers direct access to multiple cloud networks across Europe, the USA and Asia-Pac operating within its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres.

Telefónica will provide connectivity to the Exchange via its global IP Mutliprotocol label switching (MPLS) network.

The Spain-based company said the agreement would allow it to leverage Cloud Exchange Portal technology to simplify and automate the process of extending customers ́ VPNs to cloud providers, helping speed up the deployment of cloud applications.

In addition, it would allow IT companies looking to adopt cloud services to select the best cloud and hybrid computing solutions suited to their needs, by offering a combination of infrastructure, platforms and software to choose from.

Jose Gamo, CEO of Multinationals Business Unit at Telefonica Global Solutions, commented: “By connecting Telefonica IP MPLS services to Equinix’s Cloud Exchange, we are expanding our own cloud services offer giving our customers the ability to choose from the best combination of cloud infrastructure, platform and software service providers to ensure they can put the best possible hybrid cloud solution in place to meet their individual business needs.”

According to European Communications’ second annual survey of the enterprise market, cloud remains the service that operators expect their business customers to spend the most on over the next 12 months.

Chris Sharp, VP of Cloud Innovation at Equinix, commented: “As enterprises’ IT needs change, it’s important for providers, such as Telefónica, to provide access to a broad choice of cloud service providers that best meet their evolving needs.”

Earlier this week, the operator announced it had won a contract with LANXESS, one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic rubber for the automobile and tire industry.

The company will connect its locations in 29 countries via a VPN from Telefónica’s managed Wide Area Network solution.

In addition, it will use Telefónica’s worldwide IP for secure data exchange as well as for access to its central SAP software for management control, its internal CRM system and intranet.

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