US digital infrastructure company Equinix said on Monday that it is partnering with French quantum computing startup Alice&Bob to guide companies in Bulgaria and across the world into quantum computing.
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Equinix clients worldwide can gain secure on-demand access to Alice&Bob’s quantum computers through the company’s digital services Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric, as well as to the startup’s quantum strategic business services, Equinix said in a press release. Equinix Metal provides on-demand physical servers that can be directly integrated with Equinix Fabric, allowing companies to deploy infrastructure across global locations within minutes.
“Alice&Bob is a company that will strengthen our ecosystem with services based on quantum computing. […] The importance of interconnectivity is growing in two directions – geographic coverage and the services available through it. We are proud to be the host and dedicated developer of this ecosystem that is transforming the way we store and compute data,” Equinix Bulgaria CEO Zdravko Nikolov said.
Quantum computing enables users to perform computationally intensive tasks such as simulation, optimisation, machine learning and cryptography. Alice&Bob’s patented self-correcting superconducting quantum bit, the cat qubit, has the potential to turn quantum computing into a commercial advantage and help companies accelerate innovation and prepare for the future, Equinix said.
Nasdaq-listed Equinix operates 250 data centres worldwide, serving clients in sectors such as finance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, government, healthcare and education, according to its website.
Alice&Bob, founded in 2020, is a French startup aimed at creating the first universal, fault-tolerant quantum computer. The company has already raised 30 million euro ($32.6 million) in venture capital and employs over 80 staff.