How Frankfurt Connects Europe

Donald Badoux

Frankfurt is well known for being one of Europe’s most important financial centers. Being home to the European Central Bank, it is where the Eurozone’s economic monetary policy is developed. Its countless international banks and businesses truly make it a global financial hub which connects Europe with the world. Its importance is expected to increase with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

The city’s international relevance is, however, not limited to the financial sector. It is also an important location for many national and international businesses. Frankfurt is one of Germany’s strongest economic areas. According to the Chamber of Commerce of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main, more than 400,000 businesses reside in the region and more than 200 banks have a presence in Frankfurt, of which more than 160 are non-domestic. Here – more than anywhere else in Germany – is where it becomes apparent that businesses are increasingly interdependent and cloud-enabled. The need for connectivity is immense. Being able to directly connect with each other, customers and partners, quickly and in real-time is an absolute must for businesses looking to succeed in today’s digital society.

We now have five data centers within our Frankfurt City campus to support this growing market and are launching a sixth later this month. The sites are among the world’s most carrier-dense, as required by such a financial hub, with partnerships allowing direct connection with the world’s biggest internet exchange DE-CIX, as well as access to Internet Exchanges such as KleyReX and DATAIX. With more than 400 networks and carriers from over 70 countries, it is one of Europe’s most interconnected hubs and acts as a gateway between East and West, providing low-latency access to all five continents. Low latency and interconnection enable businesses to operate at, and benefit from, the digital edge.

Our global colocation and interconnection platform, Platform Equinix™, already includes 175+ facilities in 44 markets on five continents.

The digital edge is where the physical and the virtual world come together. It is where businesses leverage the power of digital ecosystems to connect with customers, employees, networks and partners. Being at the digital edge is essential for businesses to deliver the secure and high performing connectivity needed to compete in today’s digital world.

In order to provide this level of interconnection at the digital edge, Equinix has designed a strategy called Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA™). An IOA transforms a company’s IT from siloed and centralised to integrated and dynamic. By shortening the distances between IT, customers and the cloud, a new level of connectivity is enabled, allowing companies to further digitise.

This proximity to the digital edge extends Frankfurt’s relevance beyond that of a hub for finance and business – and makes Frankfurt a gateway to a thriving interconnected world. Learn more about the official launch of our FR6 data centre in our upcoming blog-articles. .

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Donald Badoux
Donald Badoux Managing Director at Equinix (Germany) GmbH