Today we launched a new generation of Network Edge services that will be a game changer for global businesses, equipping them to rapidly modernize their networks virtually on Platform Equinix®. With Network Edge, organizations can select, configure and connect virtual network services from industry-leading vendors like Cisco, Juniper and Palo Alto Networks at the edge in minutes—without additional space, power, hardware or equipment.
The world is digitizing at an amazing pace as businesses shift to operating at the digital edge. The digital edge is anywhere you need to be to locally interconnect to everyone in your supply chain (e.g., employees, partners, customers). It is also where physical and virtual systems meet, and proximate interconnection with clouds, systems, applications, data and things is required to integrate everything that matters to your digital business.
Interconnection enables the private and direct exchange of data traffic between counterparties and creates a platform for networking between organizational boundaries, and it is growing at a rapid rate. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, by 2020 the global Interconnection Bandwidth capacity growth rate is expected to outpace traditional connectivity approaches by 2X (IP networks) and 10X (MPLS networks).
What does it mean to be connected? Is it your Smartphone in your hand? An augmented reality helmet on your head? Or the wireless sensors that surround us everywhere we go? We now have multiple ways to be plugged into both the physical and virtual worlds. But would it surprise you to know that today’s businesses that bring you the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and those connected products, could be more connected to you as a consumer? Or to the IoT and digital supply chain partners that enable them to develop and distribute those connected devices on a worldwide basis?
Digital transformation is not just hitting enterprises, it is also impacting the service providers that support them. For network, cloud, SaaS, content and other service providers to best meet the needs of their enterprise customers, they must stay ahead of the digital curve. This means it’s important to access business ecosystems that support a productive digital supply chain, as well as directly and securely connect to customers, to deliver the highest quality of service (QoS).
The new inter-metro connectivity will be delivered through the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX), which has been renamed the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ Fabric (ECX Fabric). It will leverage the software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities currently built into ECX to enable any customer to dynamically connect its own infrastructure across Equinix locations or connect to any other customer on the Equinix global platform, regardless of location
As the global economy goes digital, data traffic is reaching unheard of levels, and the need for the Interconnection Bandwidth capacity to handle it is also increasing. That’s all crystal clear – and quantifiable for the first time – based on the data and projections in the new “Global Interconnection Index,” market study published by Equinix.
Salesforce and Equinix announced direct, private access to the Salesforce platform via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in markets across North America and Europe, in a move to best address enterprise customer requirements. Salesforce Express Connect is currently available in Washington, D.C, Silicon Valley and Frankfurt.
Electronic interconnection is available at a deeper and broader level than ever in this interconnected era. Companies can collaborate with partners everywhere and offer products and services people didn’t even think were possible five years ago. The market leaders know this, and they’re doing it. That makes it critical for everyone else to get on board with this new level or interconnection, or risk falling behind.
But when it comes to planning your business around the peering lifecycle, there’s no “maybe” about it. If your organization operates public and private networks, preparing for future growth is undoubtedly the right thing, because data traffic is surging. You will eventually need that three-bedroom house.