Equinix offers direct, private access to Salesforce

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Equinix has launched direct and private access to Salesforce's CRM platform via its Equinix Cloud Exchange, for European and US customers.

The move means Equinix's customers will be able to comply with local data regulations with the high performance and application reliability of the public cloud when using any applications within the Salesforce Customer Success Platform. These include Chatter, Sales Cloud, App Cloud, Service Cloud, Force.com, Communities, Work.com, Wave Analytics, Government Cloud and Health Cloud.

Targeting businesses in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, financial services and the public sector, Equinix is focusing on verticals where data protection legislation is particularly stringent.

"For certain customers, an all-public cloud solution comes with its regulatory concern," Bill Long, vice president of Interconnection Solutions at Equinix, said. "But, by providing these customers with dedicated connectivity to their Salesforce environments simply, securely and cost-effectively from Cloud Exchange, we help them connect and build a hybrid cloud solution that works for them."

The service will be available to customers using public cloud providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, accessing them via virtualised, private direct connections from Equinix's Cloud Exchange.

"In today's digital economy, everything and everyone is becoming more connected," Andy Baer, SVP of Salesforce's communications and media division, added.

"Customers, partners and employees increasingly need to collaborate across geographies to drive productivity and innovation. Equinix is accelerating this shift for its customers with the addition of Salesforce to the Equinix ecosystem."

Equinix is touting a similar service to BT, which offers VPN access to Azure, AWS and Oracle, among others.

Clare Hopping
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