Friday, 04 March 2016 16:08

Equinix SY4 opening soon in Sydney


Equinix's strategy of providing interconnectivity as well as data centre space is paying off for the company and its customers.

International data centre operator Equinix is on a roll, with four new centres scheduled to open in the coming months: TY5 (Tokyo, Japan), DA7 (Dallas, US), SP2 (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and SY4 (Sydney; pictured above [rendering]).

SY4 - "another great milestone for the Australian market," according to Equinix's managing director for Australia Jeremy Deutsch - will provide access to the Southern Cross Cable head for extensive network interconnection in Australia and the rest of the Asia Pacific region, the company said.

That's in addition to the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which gives tenants the option of private direct connections to major cloud providers including AWS, Azure, Oracle and SoftLayer.

Australian corporations are among the most keen to have direct connections to carriers and local and international cloud providers, Deutsch told iTWire.

The company's strategy is to grow its interconnection platforms globally, so processing can occur where the people and data are, global CIO Brian Lillie told iTWire. Accommodating clients' requirements within their own regions is important for latency and user experience, and the growth in the Internet of Things is increasing interest in processing data nearer the network edge (rather than centrally) to gain insights.

Equinix is investing in Australia and Japan, and "beginning the journey in China" as well as being strong in Singapore and Hong Kong, he said.

The interconnection strategy began when companies wanted to put their content close to the carrier networks, and this is still part of Equinix's business with clients such as Netflix.

Then financial services companies saw the benefits of being part of an ecosystem with low-latency connections to all participants, said Lillie.

More recently, the growth in cloud has driven a new use case: high performance, high security connections between providers and clients, allowing clients to bring their data to the cloud rather than vice versa. "Companies want to come together to do business," he said.

Globally, more than 600 cloud providers use Equinix's platform.

Equinix sees its role as being more than simply providing a 'watering hole' according to Deutsch. The company actively works to bring the best partners - carriers or service providers; established or new - to the right Equinix locations around the world, with "a focused approach" that includes asking customers which providers they want to do business with.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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