It seems as if the world is living in the kind of “interesting times” promised by the infamous Chinese saying. Take Asia-Pacific for example, where a season of uncommonly powerful and destructive storms, like the monster Typhoon Hato that caused Hong Kong to grind to a halt; and Hurricane Harvey in the United States just a few months ago, have cost countries billions in damages and exacted a sad toll in human lives.
The Index projects that Interconnection Bandwidth capacity will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46% between 2016 and 2020. That’s higher than both the United States and Europe, and will quadruple APAC’s Interconnection Bandwidth to 1,120 Terabits per second (Tbps) of installed capacity – approaching a quarter (22%) of the global total.
Our newest data center in Hong Kong – HK5 is now open for service, reaching a milestone of 30 data centers in the region. This purpose-built facility is strategically located in close proximity to submarine cable landing stations and has low latency and private connection to entrenched financial services firms. Now, take a virtual tour of the brand new data center!
When the pundits predicted that the cloud would change everything about enterprise IT, they were dead right. Thanks to enhanced security, more and more companies are embracing cloud for mission critical operations like back-up, disaster recovery, business continuity and storage.
One of the things driving this fragmentation is the fact that legacy infrastructures and current architectures were not necessarily built to handle the complex web of new connectivity that is required from new products, new partners, acquisitions or global expansion.
The combination of a fast-growing digital user population and a fragmented market means that local players are successfully competing and gaining an edge on global names in certain sectors.
Digital transformation is a complex undertaking for any enterprise. The desired business outcomes, architectures and execution rely on a multi-vendor delivery model with a vertically integrated enterprise technology stack that consists of a hybrid environment made up of on-premise, colocation and cloud-based solutions.
One of the most critical factors to consider before enterprises undergo a digital transformation journey – one that involves the consolidation of their data center assets – is how to build an Interconnection strategy. This enables them to build business capabilities around their partner ecosystems to deliver services to their users and end-customers.
To respond to an evolving digital landscape, business and IT need to transform from siloed and fixed architectures to integrated and dynamic. Rather than taking everything back into core systems to be processed, organizations need to push out some of their applications and data to the network edge, and create an environment in which the data handshake is intelligent, seamless and highly available.
Equinix has now become an important facilitator for interconnection and digital business globally – as well as locally. And colocation from within one of our advanced Australian IBX facilities is a logical first step for a business to gain access to all key partners they need to fuel growth.