Equinix partners with Alice & Bob to propel UK businesses into quantum computing era
Wed 22 Nov 2023
Equinix has announced a new collaboration with Alice & Bob, a French developer of quantum computing technology.
This partnership is set to provide Equinix customers in the UK and worldwide with secure access to Alice & Bob’s quantum technology through Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric, alongside strategy services to harness opportunities in the burgeoning quantum computing sector.
Quantum computing is at the cusp of transforming numerous industries, offering unprecedented computational power for tasks ranging from simulation to cryptography.
Industries like sustainable energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and financial services are poised for radical transformation through quantum computing, potentially unlocking up to $1.3 trillion in value by 2035.
Bruce Owen, Managing Director of Equinix UK, highlighted the UK’s leading role in quantum innovation and the importance of the partnership: “Quantum computing is revolutionising the technological landscape with speeds 158 million times faster than current supercomputers. The UK leads in quantum innovation, and our work with Alice & Bob will be key to allow our customers worldwide to experience the unprecedented possibilities of quantum computing.”
Alice & Bob’s cat qubit technology looks to address current limitations in quantum computing, promising a more reliable and commercially viable quantum computing solution.
Théau Peronnin, CEO of Alice & Bob, said: “We are proud that our technology is moving out of the laboratory and into the real world. Equinix is the ideal partner to bring the quantum revolution into society. We are looking forward to helping Equinix customers solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.”
The collaboration between Equinix and Alice & Bob also aims to foster innovation while ensuring confidentiality.
Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister Delegate for Digital, said: “This partnership is a recognition of French expertise in a technology poised to revolutionise the field of computing and industry. The Government has launched the national strategy for quantum technologies to position France at the forefront of this field on a global scale, and we are pleased to see an innovative young French company partnering with a global leader in digital infrastructure.”
Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric will play pivotal roles in this venture, offering on-demand, high-performance infrastructure that enables secure and seamless integration of Alice & Bob’s quantum computing capabilities into existing digital frameworks.