Equinix has announced the next phase in the evolution of its global platform through the direct physical and virtual connection of its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers around the world, enabling customers to interconnect on demand to any other customer from any Equinix location.
The new inter-metro connectivity will be delivered through the newly named Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric, formerly known simply as ECX). It will leverage the 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.
Customers can customize their connectivity to partners, customers and suppliers through an interface that provides all the benefits of “as-a-service” models, including real-time provisioning via a portal or API, pay-as-you-go billing increments and the removal of friction in establishing elastic connectivity between metros.
The new ECX Fabric capabilities are immediately available in all ECX locations in North America and the EMEA region. In Q4 2017 and early 2018, ECX Fabric will roll out to seven new metros in the Americas and EMEA regions (Denver, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Helsinki, Miami, Milan and Munich). Equinix will extend ECX Fabric connectivity to São Paulo within the Americas region, and between APAC-region metro locations (Hong Kong, Melbourne, Osaka, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo), in 2018.
With this expansion, any Equinix customer will be able to more efficiently interconnect its global infrastructure and request connections to any of the more than 1,000 participants on ECX Fabric today, including cloud service providers like Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud, as well as SaaS providers such as Salesforce, SAP and ServiceNow.
“Until now Equinix has operated data centers that are highly interconnected within their metro areas. Now Equinix is moving to fully interconnect its global platform, enabling companies to directly connect physically or virtually to customers, vendors and partners, and between their own points of presence, from any Equinix facility,” said Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst at 451 Research. “This new interconnection opens a range of possibilities for Equinix customers. It also has the potential for Equinix to deliver a greater breadth of services across its newly globally interconnected platform.”
Meanwhile, Equinix also announced the expansion of the Equinix Internet Exchange into nine new metros in the EMEA and Americas regions in Q4 2017 and early 2018, including Amsterdam, Denver, Dublin, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Manchester, Milan and Stockholm.