The term smart city could be a bit of a misnomer. A better description might be ‘intelligent interconnected’ city. I say that because the “smart” part is only possible when the different systems across the city can talk to each other – i.e. exchange data smoothly and seamlessly.
Consumer demand for a digital dimension to the traditional retail experience is forcing physical retailers to adapt or die. And even dedicated online retailers are facing challenges as the previously separate domains of electronic payments, mobile networks and the cloud are converging.
To keep up with the demand for multi-cloud services in Australia, at Equinix we’re focused on growing our interconnection solutions, enabling the diversity of cloud services that enterprises are pursuing today.
According to HR-Asia’s most recent survey, covering three pillars – Heart, Mind and Soul – our people rated the company highly in all three areas. That is far higher than the industry average, and led to Equinix Singapore being named as one of HR-Asia’s “Best Companies to Work for in Asia.”
This new digital workplace depends on these types of latency-sensitive applications and a superior user experience. And that, in turn requires fast, low-latency interconnections among globally dispersed employees, offices, business partners and cloud services.
From advanced research to clinical studies, the pharmaceutical industry has always been driven by data. And it is clear that the delegates and the companies they represent are working hard to validate information from research centres and supplement human decision making.
Forward thinking organisations are recognizing the potential that cloud security vendors – some of them operating out of Equinix IBX data centres – can offer, on their own or in concert with other players.
On 22 August, we officially opened our fourth data centre in Sydney (SY4). Located near the heart of Sydney’s business district, the new US$97 million facility is the latest addition to our data center campus in the Australian city.
As Sydney fast becomes a digital economy hotspot, and demand for colocation facilities increases locally, we’ve responded by building a fourth IBX data centre in Sydney, SY4.
In December of last year, Equinix completed its acquisition of the leading Japanese data center provider Bit-isle and its six facilities, turning Equinix into the fourth largest data center operator in Japan.