Equinix has scheduled the rollout for the third quarter this year and says the new inter-metro connectivity will enable customers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) and Singapore to connect on demand to any other ECX Fabric customers – and allowing near real-time connection to service providers, suppliers and other businesses on-demand.
In April, Equinix completed the acquisition of Australian data centre provider Metronode, adding 10 data centres across the top six Australian markets, which the company says enables a more interconnected Australia. The acquisition expanded Equinix’ operations to 15 business exchange data centres nationwide, including in Sydney and Melbourne, and provided a presence in four new markets – Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.
“As our customers in Australia continually look to expand their businesses overseas, Equinix is committed to providing ways to help them reach international markets with ease,” says Equinix Australia managing director Jeremy Deutsch.
“With Australia’s close proximity to Southeast Asia, establishing interconnection and networking capabilities with the region are a key first step in helping our customers do business across the region and reach other global markets.
“As our customers recognise the rising need for interconnection we encourage them to take advantage of ECX Fabric in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to grow their business efficiency and capabilities and push their business to the forefront of their markets.”
Equinix says ECX Fabric enables customers to embrace digital transformation amid the rising demand for Interconnection Bandwidth.
Equinix cites a multi and hybrid cloud connectivity use case and says ECX Fabric customers will be able to rapidly provision connections to key service providers in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud and SaaS providers like SAP, allowing them to directly and simply connect to multiple clouds in various locations through an easy to use and self-navigating portal.
According to Equinix, private interconnection is a rapidly growing business practice for leading companies as their industries become increasingly digital.
Equinix notes that its Global Interconnection Index revealed that the capacity for private data exchange between businesses is outpacing the public Internet, growing at nearly twice the rate and is expected to make up nearly six times the volume of global IP traffic by 2020.
According to Equinix, during this same period, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow 46% per annum to reach 1120Tbps of installed capacity, approaching nearly a quarter (22%) of interconnection bandwidth globally.
And the company says that as the world's leading companies increasingly shift to digital business models, interconnection with key business partners and customers is becoming an important element of their digital supply chain.
Equinix says interconnection enables seamless, on-demand, direct and private access to virtually any counter-party — from cloud service providers to strategic business partners to networks to SaaS providers — without traversing the public internet or a WAN, an approach it says allows companies to boost application performance, reduce latency, increase security, and improve network control and visibility.
Hugh Ujhazy, associate vice-president, IoT Asia Pacific, IDC, says: “Adoption of the Third Platform, such as cloud, mobility, IoT, and analytics, is accelerating the enterprise digital transformation.
“To thrive, enterprises must conduct business anywhere across a wide set of customers and partners, wherever they may be. The data centre colocation market will continue to evolve to address these requirements. With its latest expansion of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, Equinix is upping the interconnectivity play by providing a uniform and single platform access from anywhere to any worldwide point of presence.”