If you’ve been involved in IT management in any way during the past ten years, you’ve no doubt noticed network architecture is being transformed. It’s trending toward a decentralized model where enterprises increasingly rely on a variety of IT and connectivity providers for network infrastructure and management.
Cloud technologies have transformed not only the provisioning and delivery of computing services, but also IT business and financial models. Enterprises have delegated management of an ever-increasing amount of their IT infrastructure to cloud service providers, due to the realization of significant capital expenditure (CapEx) savings through the economies of scale delivered by the cloud.
PT conducted three different Amazon Web Services™ (AWS EC2) interconnection scenarios at the Principled Technologies data center and an Equinix Solution Validation Center™ (SVC) to see if there was a significant difference in data transfer performance when using the public internet versus private interconnection between businesses and cloud partners. The results were pretty amazing.
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.
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.
This year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council’s (PTC) 40th anniversary theme, “Connecting Worlds,” spoke to the global nature of communications that is launching a new decade of connections in our industry. And I’m not just talking about the physical and virtual connections that carry the massive amounts of data being transported all over the world, but the interconnection between service providers and their customers that enable private data exchange, which is essential for global digital business to flourish in the decades to come.
Our use of application isolation, containers and microservices continues to evolve at Equinix to streamline and scale the development of our interconnection solutions and colocation data center monitoring services, such as IBX SmartView, for our more than 8,000 customers.
With an NFV strategy, enterprises can deploy common x86 virtualization hardware that is ready to run a host of different Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)—software appliances deployed on NFV infrastructure.
We’ve written extensively about enterprise applications moving to the cloud, but an interesting report from one of our partners, F5 Networks, offers insight into a related trend. The report, “The State of Application Delivery,” indicates that not only are applications moving to the cloud, but a myriad of app services are following them.
Software-Defined Infrastructure and Advanced Networking Expand: 2017 Connected Enterprise Prediction #6
Going forward, the next generation IT infrastructure ̶ compute, storage, network and data centers ̶ will be open source-based, leveraging standards developed by organizations such as the Open Networking Forum and the Open Compute Project.