Equinix has teamed with  Hewlett Packard Enterprise to launch Azure Stack-as-a-Service on its Platform Equinix offering  the Asia-Pacific region.

Equinix said the service allowed enterprises to utilise HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack to provision and manage hybrid cloud architecture on-demand.

“Hybrid cloud architecture, which provides the agility and convenience of public cloud and the security and control of on-premise private cloud, has been increasingly adopted by enterprises. IDC predicts that 90% of enterprises will adopt multi or hybrid cloud by 2024,’ it added, noting however that enterprises often face high upfront capital expenditure.

“[They] struggle to provision space with sufficient power and suitable weight-bearing capacity when setting up owned on-premise private cloud. With a pay-as-you-use pricing model, HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack on Platform Equinix enables businesses in APAC to deploy hybrid cloud architectures more effectively without incurring excessive initial costs or requiring access to niche expertise.”

Hosted in Equinix International Business Exchange data centres in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, Azure Stack running on HPE hardware can directly connect to Microsoft Azure via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric.

“Companies across Australia are increasingly transitioning to hybrid cloud architectures as part of their digital transformation journeys,” said Equinix ANZ MD Jeremy Deutsch. “With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute already connected to our Sydney and Melbourne facilities, this on-demand, enterprise-grade hybrid cloud solution we offer with HPE will help further support our customers at a local level, providing them with a simple, agile and secure way to consume the range of technologies as-a-Service in our data centres.”