Gartner® Rates Equinix Highest Scoring Colocation Provider

We are investing in a robust, interconnected global ecosystem to help digital leaders achieve a truly agile business

Bill Long
Gartner® Rates Equinix Highest Scoring Colocation Provider

It’s time to make a choice about the future of your business. Businesses are becoming more digital and SaaS-enabled than dependent on physical hardware, more global than local and more dynamic than static. The future is uncertain, and at Equinix we believe that globally distributed digital infrastructure is the safest bet for our customers.

We believe that we’re on the right track considering the criteria in the Solution Scorecard for Colocation Provider: Equinix [i]. We are investing our time and effort in many of the features that the scorecard considers important — capabilities that will empower our customers to be digital leaders who are ready for a dynamic future. Global platforms with robust ecosystems, software-defined interconnection, consumption-based bare metal and world-class partners are all critical to leaders looking for a way to achieve a truly agile and resilient business.

Gartner - Solution Scorecard for Colocation Provider: Equinix report by Gartner®

In this report, Gartner states, “based on Gartner’s 154 criteria for colocation providers, Equinix received an overall solution score of 82 out of 100."

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The choice is yours. Do you want to stay in the back of the pack? Connect with fewer vendors and partners in the future? We didn’t think so. If your business is heading in the direction of more change, more partners and more clouds, then a digital infrastructure that can flex as your business grows and changes is the right choice. We view a digital infrastructure as a strategic asset that gives your business more flexibility and you a competitive edge.

Equinix can provide an agile, scalable digital infrastructure that supports your business from core to edge, with the right foundational building blocks and interconnected ecosystems, including best-in-class digital and business partners, giving you options for an indeterminate future.

How can a composable business model give customers’ business an advantage?

Composable business models require composable infrastructure with best of breed, modular parts. These infrastructures allow you to create what you want where you want it, when you want it. These components can easily be exchanged, allowing businesses to stay agile and react quickly to changing global markets and business needs. Platform Equinix provides the perfect environment for a composable business to thrive — an on-demand digital infrastructure that can be consumed as a service, as needed. It connects customers with the largest interconnected ecosystem in the industry — over 10,000 companies around the world, including network, cloud and IT service providers, content and digital media providers and social media platforms. Customers control which services or vendor solutions they use, where those services are located and how long they use them, all with the click of a button, delivered instantly, through software.

Equinix has the overall highest score of Gartner-assessed colocation vendors

So, what does a business need in order to be agile? Gartner’s 154 different criteria for colocation vendors include location, network environment, network services, cloud enablement, pricing and access to all five major cloud service providers. The solution scorecard rates organizations based on capabilities that range from required (R) to preferred (P) to optional (O) and colocation providers must meet all of the defined functionality for each criteria to get a “Yes” rating. Based on the 154 criteria, Equinix received an overall solution score of 82 out of 100. The chart below provides a quick snap shot of how Equinix scored on each of the features.

Modular, interchangeable pieces can easily be exchanged for different pieces, allowing businesses to stay agile and react quickly to a changing market and changing business needs.”

Why are global reach and interconnection critical to the future of my business?

Equinix is investing in features that enable our customers to be ready for a future first as we are investing in sustainability and committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2030. With an unmatched global footprint of over 230 data centers across 65 metros and 27 countries across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC), Equinix is a great choice for any business that wants to enter a new market. And we are growing as we expand into new markets including the close of GPX India in Mumbai and providing a platform for additional expansion across the country. With our global reach, we can also help improve application performance and user experience for customers around the world by decreasing latency with our global data center footprint. Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers support modern distributed network architectures and enable data to be processed at the metro edge, where it is generated. In fact, Equinix has the highest overall score of all Gartner-assessed colocation vendors.

Equinix Fabric™ software-defined interconnection and Network Edge virtual network services deliver high performance, secure and resilient connectivity from core to edge locations. Equinix Fabric’s dynamic interconnection capabilities enable connectivity to all Equinix IBX data centers, the world’s leading cloud, network and business ecosystems, and Equinix Metal™ automated bare metal as a service. These products and solutions meet 100% of the Gartner criteria in the network environment, cloud enablement and network services categories.

As the world’s digital infrastructure company, Equinix has what you need to gain a competitive advantage through a composable business strategy. With the largest collection of services, solutions, locations and partners in the world, Equinix provides a scalable path forward on your digital journey that flexes when you need it to.

To learn more, read the full report: Gartner, Solution Scorecard for Colocation Provider: Equinix.



[i] Gartner, Solution Scorecard for Colocation Provider: Equinix, By Matthew Brisse, Adrian Wong, 23 July 2021


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Equinix has the highest overall score of all Gartner-assessed colocation vendors.”
Bill Long
Bill Long Sr. Vice President of Core Product Management