Interconnection and data center service provider Equinix, has announced the expansions of its cloud exchange services to seven new EMEA markets which include Barcelona, Brussels, Geneva, Istanbul, Lisbon and Sofia, and extending into Hamburg in Q2 2020.

According to the company, the expansion of the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) is targeted at supporting enterprises to simplify their hybrid and multicloud connectivity, especially as they respond to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

“As global IT decision-makers respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, many are accelerating their digital transformation efforts and transitioning more functions to the cloud. To help global businesses simplify their hybrid and multicloud deployments, Equinix is launching the largest expansion to date of our ECX Fabric service in Europe,” said Bill Long, senior vice president, core product management, Equinix.

“By extending ECX Fabric from Lisbon in the West to Istanbul in the East, and offering a globally consistent interconnection service across each of our 45 ECX Fabric-enabled markets, we can help enterprises seamlessly connect to the clouds, networks, partners and rich ecosystems that matter most to their businesses.”

ECX Fabric enables access to other cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud on Platform Equinix. With the expansion to seven new EMEA markets, ECX Fabric will be available to Equinix customers across 45 markets in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

 “In our latest global survey of IT decision-makers, nearly three-quarters (71%) said they plan to move more of their IT functions to the cloud. COVID-19 has accelerated this trend for some businesses that have had to rapidly virtualize their services to respond to the extremely fast-changing nature of business during this crisis,” said Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, president, EMEA, Equinix.

“We believe our expansion of ECX Fabric will help them [Equinix customers] to not only successfully navigate the difficult months ahead, but come out the other side fit for the future and ready to seize the opportunities the cloud offers.”