January 19, 2011 – Equinix said it will deliver "enterprise-class" computing in the cloud.

The creator and operator of data centers in major financial centers around the globe said it signed an agreement with OpSource to deliver reliable cloud and managed hosting services in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The OpSource set of cloud services will become part of Platform Equinix, the infrastructure and services that are provided through Equinix's International Business Exchange data centers,

OpSource offers pay-as-you-go pricing, from 4 cents a compute hour, configurable firewalls, load balancing, 30-minute response time and 100 percent uptime guarantees in some service level agreements.

The two firms will co-market the services and work together on new service development and training.

Equinix operates data centers in 35 markets.

"Many of the use cases that IT buyers are considering when evaluating cloud service models require enterprise-class solutions, including high levels of availability, performance, security, and flexibility,'' said Lydia Leong, research vice president for Gartner, in a prepared statement from the Stamford, Conn., research firm.

More than 400 software vendors, communications carriers, cloud service providers and companies use OpSource hosting services, according to Treb Ryan, OpSource CEO.

OpSource offers a White Label Public Cloud program for global carriers and service providers who want to launch cloud services under their own brands.

Equinix' data centers are increasingly being used to house the operations not just of trading firms, but exchange operators.

BIDS Trading said last week it will deploy critical infrastructure for its alternate trading system into Equinix’s New York (NY4) International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center. This was done to cut costs 40 percent, while increasing performance, according to Jim Lee, COO for BIDS Trading.

Deutsche Börse also said it will switch its trading engines to a Frankfurt-based data center owned by Equinix.

Direct Edge operates its two U.S. equity exchanges out of Equinix' NY4 data center in Secaucus, N.J.

This story originally appeared on Securities Technology Monitor.

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