Why you need a Solution Validation Center

Shane Guthrie

svc-locations-dec-2014Equinix Solution Validation Center locations around the globe (Dec 2014).

The Equinix Global Solutions Architect (GSA) team is often proposing transformative designs for our customers. Scenarios from industry-leading hybrid clouds to network transformation are logical fits for our ecosystems, sell-side customer base and global footprint. The scenarios typically involve integration of new technologies or implementation of new topologies. However, enterprises and partners often lack an environment that can approximate the end-state production environment for validation and documentation purposes.

Equinix has moved to fill this gap by developing the global Solution Validation Center Program (SVC) for our customers and partners. The SVC is a new kind of neutral, production proving ground where innovative architectures come together and new technologies are put through their paces.

As described in this SVC video, the Solution Validation Center platform and program help companies eliminate technological and operational barriers to entry for moving key solutions into a multitenant data center, scaling IT footprints or adopting next generation technologies.

SVCs provide a proving ground for our customers and partners to test out new innovations across a globally distributed, ever expanding test bed of 22 SVCs. Companies of all sizes and missions come to these validation facilities for testing and implementing new system, storage, application, network, virtualization and cloud rollouts in our hyper-connected data centers.

With the help of our expert Global Solution Architects, Equinix enables businesses to reduce risks in production-scale deployments while maximizing return on IT investments. The GSA team works with customers and partners to develop comprehensive test plans using technology stacks developed to address the needs of specific scenarios.

Companies can simulate and validate scenarios such as:

  • Private, public and hybrid cloud deployments
  • Distributed architectures in real-world production environments running in simultaneous deployments across multiple SVC locations
  • Migrating legacy systems onto new, cloud-based platforms
  • Application performance and stress-testing
  • Optimizing infrastructure component performance, network connections and applications

The SVC program allows companies to overcome technical barriers and lower the risks of full-scale deployments by trying out implementations that best meet their business requirements before they go into production. When the testing is complete, companies can seamlessly migrate from proof-of-concept into full-scale production, quickly and easily, maximizing their investment in their application, IT infrastructure and cloud deployments.

A consistent global test environment

The beauty of the Equinix SVC platform is the portability of test environments across all of the worldwide SVC locations. You can build a disaster recovery test bed in New York and replicate it in Singapore. Latency-sensitive applications can be distributed among various SVC locations and the aggregated network performance of each application tested across each segment of the network, right to the edge. Enterprises can test private cloud implementations and see how the migration of specific applications to the public cloud will improve their ability to deliver services to a worldwide user or customer base.

Solution Validation Center Locations

One example of how an Equinix customer performed a mission-critical application proof-of-concept in an SVC was NetApp’s Private Storage cloud-to-cloud failover. NetApp demonstrated a fast and flawless failover of Microsoft SQL Server cluster nodes between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure clouds – all within an Equinix SVC. Learn more about NetApp’s demonstration of private storage and multicloud high availability.

Want to reduce risk and make the most of your company’s next major deployment? Then contact us and explore the SVC.

Shane Guthrie
Shane Guthrie Sr. Manager, Global Solution Architecture Innovation