As we move forward, I want to further extend the Magic of Equinix to our customers, helping them solve their evolving challenges in an ever-changing world. By keeping customers at the center of everything we do, we can leverage our global reach, scaled ecosystems, leading interconnection portfolio and track record of operational excellence to enable our customers to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything needed to succeed in this digital era.
The internet is under constant attack from many directions and that’s increasing every day. The Internet Society recognizes this reality and is in strong support of the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) global initiative. This organization provides guidelines and assesses each group’s implementation of best practices to prevent occurrences of traffic hijacking, address spoofing, DDoS and other common threats.
The annual release of our Corporate Sustainability Report provides a transparent look at the ways Equinix is reducing our environmental impact and improving the lives of those around us in our key focus areas: environment, people, governance and community. It also details why we’re doing it.
Without world-class data centers, Equinix wouldn’t have been much more than a cool idea. Our data centers set the standard on five continents, and they’re part of an ever-expanding footprint that’s shaping the future of the digital world. As the head of global operations for Equinix, I can tell you none of that is an accident. It’s about passion, diligence and design – right down to the blue light on our colocation floor. It’s also about knowing as we build on our success that we can’t take the lessons of the past or the rewards of the future for granted.
An interconnected world that promotes connectivity and cooperation creates growth opportunities. In Asia-Pacific, the demand for connectivity is obviously growing. According to the Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix, Interconnection Bandwidth in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow 46% per annum to reach 1,120 Tbps of installed capacity, approaching nearly a quarter (22%) of global traffic.
Every day we talk to enterprises across a variety of industries who are working hard to build best practices for doing business in an everchanging digital world. Our place at the intersection of all of these industries and trends gives us a unique perspective into how digital is impacting the way we all do business today, and what's coming next.
The enterprise owned-and-operated data center is on the endangered species list. But let’s not write any obituaries yet! Enterprises still have critical data center needs, but those needs are changing dramatically. Today, IT leaders are being called on to deliver high-performing, data-intensive, dynamic applications and IT services to users distributed globally.
The building was designed after The Crystal Palace, which was built in 19th century London to host the first in a series of world fairs. Its glass, steel and sheer size (7 floors, 1.6 million square feet) make it one of the largest and most distinct buildings in the Dallas area. And inside, it’s got some trademark Equinix color and flair.
This year, Equinix is celebrating 20 years, and I’ve been here for almost all of them. I was here before Equinix had a single data center and I sweated out our early close calls. I’ve watched Equinix reach two decades, and we still have the same spirit I felt when I first walked in the door: We believe anything is possible, and we’re ready to work as hard as possible to prove it. That gives me a lot of confidence about the future.
From a fledgling start in some key U.S. metro locations, the Equinix Internet Exchange™ (IX) and its associated NSP/ISP peering ecosystem have grown to span almost all corners of our business around the world, and continues to expand and evolve in our global Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers.