Equinix bolsters digital transformation play with virtual network services launch

Interconnection and data centre provider Equinix is stepping up its digital transformation prowess with the launch of virtual network services on Platform Equinix, a new offering aimed at enabling enterprises to modernise their networks virtually within minutes.

Dubbed Network Edge, the new suite of services is designed to accelerate digital transformation processes for businesses, offering enterprises a new way to deploy network services on Equinix’s global interconnection platform, without a physical data centre deployment or hardware requirements.

Network Edge takes the shape of a  range of vendor-neutral, virtual network services, allowing users to select, configure and connect network and security devices in real time, from a broad sweep of primary vendors, including Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks and Cisco.

It should be noted that Network Edge also includes built-in integration with Equinix’s global on-demand, software-defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric. According to Equinix, this means that users can deploy virtual edge devices and interconnect them to clouds and network providers in global markets.

For Equinix Interconnection Services VP Bill Long, Network Edge represents an opportunity for enterprises to tap into global scalability.

“As we continue evolving the Equinix global interconnection platform, we are introducing new product innovations to help enterprises transform their global businesses at the digital edge,” Long said. “With Network Edge, we’re providing both an extraordinary suite of virtual network services, and a compelling value proposition to help enterprises scale globally by deploying digital-ready infrastructures at the edge, within a matter of minutes.

“By seamlessly integrating Network Edge with our ECX Fabric service, customers can also tap into the world’s largest interconnection ecosystem, virtually, and unlock enormous business value through our platform,” he said.

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