The Equinix Blog 2017: A Year in Review

Phil Schwarzmann

Equinix SV10 in Silicon Valley

Another exciting and strong year for Equinix is in the books! It’s been our honor inside the Equinix blog team to bring you all the latest news, analysis and insights throughout 2017. As we wind down the year, we’d like to take a look back at some highlights from the past 12 months.

The world’s largest data center provider got even larger in 2017. With a truly global reach, Equinix is now located in more than 22 countries, 44 markets, and over 180 data centers. In 2017 alone, we opened 6 state-of-the-art IBX data centers in São Paulo, Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Frankfurt.

Equinix President of Strategy, Services and Innovation Charles Meyers knows what drives expansion at Equinix – The demand for superior interconnection:

Think about it. Efficient, high-performance, secure interconnection is not possible if customers can’t get close to the markets, the clouds and the data they seek … anywhere in the world! Digital business demands real-time access to global partners and the ability to deploy IT rapidly and cost-effectively on a worldwide basis. Leading companies must meet their customers at the digital edge, the place where the physical and virtual worlds meet and business transpires.

The demand for interconnection continues to grow at record pace. Senior Vice President of Sales in the Americas Corey Dyer speaks about the growth in the Washington D.C. metro alone.

In its first phase, DC12 will add 1,275 cabinets and more than 190,000 square feet of data center space to our regional footprint, but it’s just the start. DC12 is the first of five buildings we’re planning for the 44 acres of land we purchased in Ashburn in 2012. When we’re done, the new facilities on this parcel will offer a combined 1 million square feet of colocation space.

Be sure to check out some amazing photos from our new data centers in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, São Paulo, Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., and Hong Kong.

Building our own data centers from the ground up isn’t the only way we’ve expanded our footprint. In May Equinix finalized a deal with Verizon, making this one of the most momentous days in Equinix history. By adding 29 new facilities, we’ve expanded our global data center footprint by nearly 20%.

Equinix President of the Americas Karl Strohmeyer weighs in on the significance of the acquisition:

The deal gives us ownership of nearly all of Verizon’s North and Latin American data center portfolio, which served roughly 1,000 customers and covered 15 markets. Three of these markets are new to Equinix, and each has significant strategic importance:

Bogotá is a submarine cable capital, a heavy consumer of international content, and offers new access to the northern regions of South America.

Culpeper is a highly secure hub for government business and provides a foothold for our government cloud-enabled initiatives.

Houston is an energy industry center and hosts a huge enterprise market.

Expansion didn’t stop in the Americas. In October we announced two European acquisitions that brings us to markets in Spain, Portugal, and Turkey. Equinix President of EMEA Eric Schwartz says that our global footprint isn’t just larger, it’s also richer and more flexible:

Today we closed the purchase of Itconic, giving us our first data centers in Spain and Portugal. This entry into the Iberian Peninsula gives us a new presence in Western Europe via two of its most important economies. And on Oct. 6, we acquired the Zenium data center business in Istanbul. This is our second data center in Turkey, and it aims to help our local, regional and multinational customers grow in this increasingly important colocation and Interconnection market.

And just this week, Equinix extended its marketing leadership in Australia through the acquisition of Metronode which expands the national footprint, adding 10 data centers with four new metros.

The acquisition of Metronode will further strengthen the leadership position of Equinix in the Asia-Pacific region and support its ongoing global expansion. As a result of the transaction, Equinix will expand its national footprint by adding 10 data centers, strengthening its position in Sydney and Melbourne, and adding a presence in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, four new metros to the Equinix global platform.

Our continued expansion around the globe is fueled by enterprise’s thirst for Interconnection. To better understand the critical role interconnection is playing in the global economy and its future trajectory, we published the “Global Interconnection Index” in August, a new market study that provides the industry’s first, annual global baseline to track, measure and forecast the growth of Interconnection.

Equinix Chief Marketing Officer Sara Baack speaks about the Interconnection bandwidth boom:

The Global Interconnection Index arms business leaders with critical knowledge about Interconnection, and the data necessary to evaluate and benchmark their own Interconnection maturity against similarly situated companies. It delivers multi-dimensional projections of Interconnection Bandwidth capacity by region, industry, company adoption and business use case. Ultimately, this research should help organizations investigate Interconnection as a needed core design principle of their own digital business IT infrastructures.

Tony Bishop, Equinix Vice President of Global Enterprise Vertical Strategy & Marketing, ponders if Interconnection maturity the key to scaling digital business:

In this climate of increasing digitization, if you are not scaling your Interconnection capabilities to digitalize your business, you are likely falling behind your competitors. So how do you know where you stand in a global Interconnection maturity model? The Global Interconnection Index helps you understand your company’s Interconnection maturity by assessing your current Interconnection Bandwidth consumption and projecting your future requirements.

All this growth bring lots of responsibility. Equinix’s Head of Global Sustainability Dave Rinard checks in on our commitment to 100% renewable energy use globally, which has already reached 56% renewable energy coverage worldwide:

The push to increase our use of renewable and low-carbon energy not only helps us do our part to address climate change, it benefits our customers by making their digital supply chain that much greener. That means as we become bigger energy consumers, we must continue to look for additional renewable energy sources. However, it also gives us a chance to increase sustainability by building new, highly efficient data centers, or by retrofitting and upgrading established facilities to meet our high operational standards, as well as our standards for efficiency and sustainability.

And finally we look at some of our most popular blog posts from the year. Here are a few of the most-read post of 2017:

Equinix IT gurus Ramchandra Koty and Balasubramaniyan Kannan takes a look at the rise of Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) for faster application delivery:

As with most digital technologies that require the integration of components, tools, workloads, and on-premises and cloud infrastructures, CaaS is dependent on direct and secure interconnection to achieve the IT transformation required to effectively and efficiently deploy multiple applications.

Director of Application and Database Administration at Equinix, Loveneesh Bansal, dives into a new type of internet called “blockchain”, which famously is backbone technology behind Bitcoin.

Digital wallet transactions, such as those happening via Blockchain, require direct and secure interconnection. An Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA™) strategy enables successful digital wallet transaction as it is essential for companies in the digital wallet space to be as close as possible to their partners and dispersed digital wallet users.

Equinix’s Garry Young shows us how Equinix enables Hybrid Kubernetes Architecture with Google Cloud to easily move workloads across multi-cloud providers by implementing a containerized environment.

Enterprises that connect directly to Google Cloud Platform through the Equinix Cloud Exchange can achieve low-latency network compute performance, improve the ability to move large volumes of data in and out of Google for analysis or storage, and easily manage the network availability and flexibility that comes with dedicated connectivity.

We made eight bold IT predictions for 2018. How many do you think we’ll get correct?

Prediction #1: Private blockchain networks take hold and multiply. The public blockchain at the heart of various cryptocurrencies is very different from the private blockchain we see appealing to more companies in 2018.

The Equinix blog team hopes everyone has a relaxing holiday season and we’re looking forward to continue delivering great content in 2018!

Phil Schwarzmann
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