Equinix brings edge to Sydney

Equinix is taking its Australian customers to the edge, providing Network Edge Services via Sydney.

Network Edge Services (NES) provides virtual network services, enabling enterprises to deploy network functions virtualisation from multiple vendors to connect their digital supply chains at Equinix, without a physical data center deployment or hardware requirements.

The Sydney metro availability of Network Edge is the first in Asia Pacific, alongside Singapore, which has also just been announced. NES was launched in the United States and Europe in June.

John Hanahan senior director of interconnections, told Telecom Times: “Customers have been trained by the clouds to consume things as a service and so what we have done here is effectively enabled customers to establish virtual points of presence in our facilities using industry leading network and security branded applications.”

Initial offerings include a Cisco virtual router, Versa SDWan and firewalls from Juniper, Palo Alto and Fortinet among the initial offerings available.

“Customers can select those applications out of our portal or via our APIs, deploy them on Equinix hosted infrastructure and then from there connect in real-time to the various destinations they want,” Hanahan says.

“We will continue to enhance the portfolio of vendors to really enable customers to use the software and hardware vendors their people are trained to use,” Hanahan says. “It’s important for enterprise customers to be able to leverage the same vendors they’re deploying in their branch offices, data centres and even in the cloud.”

Network Edge includes built-in integration to Equinix’s global on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). The company says by combining Network Edge with ECX Fabric, customers can deploy virtual edge devices and interconnect them to clouds and network providers located in new global markets, extending their reach to new business partners around the world.

Hanahan says Network Edge’s use cases include cloud-to-cloud routing, migrating from one cloud to another, hybrid cloud firewall and branch to cloud SD-Wan.

“In a multicloud arrangement for example you might deploy a virtual router in our facility to be able to connect an application that might be sitting in Amazon Web Services, with the database within Oracle for example.

“Instead of connecting those two over the public internet where the performance might not be consistent and latency might vary, we have the edge presence for both of those customers and can very quickly connect them together via a virtual router the customer places in our facilities.”

Hanahan says one Australian multinational has already done just that, utilising Equinix’s US NES services. NES launched in the US and Europe in June.

“By doing a cloud to cloud application architecture in this fashion they’re able to deliver a much better performance to the end users while taking advantage of the best of breed capabilities of each cloud.”

Hanahan says other use cases include customers extending their reach into new markets to connect to new clouds, using virtual points of presence to enable multicloud connectivity to clouds resident in the another market.

Equinix boosts Oracle play with multi-region cloud connectivity expansion

Equinix has ramped up its collaboration with Oracle, expanding its private and secure connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

According to the interconnection and data centre provider, its recent expansions in Sydney, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich now offer customers in those regions private connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric.

An on-demand, software defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, ECX Fabric is designed to help customers connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, and other clouds and network providers located around the world.

“Our expansion in Sydney demonstrates our commitment to helping businesses in Australia further their digital transformation journeys and we are thrilled to offer our customers with a presence in our local facilities access to the Oracle Cloud via our ECX Fabric,” said Glenn Uidam, senior director of operations at Equinix Australia.

Equinix claims that the recent expansions now sees it offer more private connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect than any other data centre player in the market, with connectivity via ECX Fabric available in 34 metro areas globally.

These include seven metro areas in the Asia Pacific region, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo; 14 areas in North America; and 13 across Europe.

For Robert Blackburn, global managing director, Oracle strategic alliance, Equinix, this expansion of the long-running partnership between Oracle and Equinix meets a growing need in the market.

“As companies around the world are prioritising digital transformation as a way to gain a competitive advantage, we’re seeing increased customer demand to migrate Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud,” Blackburn said. “The reality is that companies that are adopting digital transformation are thriving, and those that are not are being left behind.

“With this direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, low-latency connection that allows them to fully realise the benefits of their Oracle deployment. We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Oracle and offer this service in these new metros across the globe,” he said.

Equinix appoints Australian lead Jeremy Deutsch to helm Asia-Pacific operation

Equinix’s Australian managing director Jeremy Deutsch is set to leave Sydney for Hong Kong, after being appointed as president of the data centre and interconnection provider’s Asia-Pacific operations.

The new role sees Deutsch take responsibility for the regional strategy, management and growth plans of Equinix across the APAC region. The California-headquartered company has existing operations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

An Equinix veteran, Deutsch joined the firm in 2008 as sales director of Equinix Australia. He came to the role after four years as general manager of products at Unwired Australia, a subsidiary of the SingTel Optus group.

Deutsch’s record as the top-performing sales lead in the APAC region for three years in a row while in his role as sales director for Equinix Australia, saw him promoted in 2014 to managing director of Equinix nationally.

As the company’s Australian lead, it was Deutsch who oversaw Equinix’s US$804 million (roughly A$1.035 billion at the time) acquisition of Metronode and the subsequent integration of the additional 10 data centres Equinix netted in the process. The deal afforded Equinix a grand total of 15 international business exchange (IBX) data centres across the country.

In March, Equinix announced yet another IBX data centre in South Sydney. Touted as its largest yet in Australia, the new data centre is Equinix’s eighth in Sydney and its sixteenth in Australia.

Equinix chief customer and revenue officer Karl Strohmeyer has lauded Deutsch’s performance heading up the company’s Australian business.

“Jeremy has a successful track record of growing and managing Equinix’s business in Australia over the last decade,” Strohmeyer said. “His tenured experience working with customers as well as running Equinix’s business in Australia uniquely contributed to our success there, and I look forward to working closely with him on our growth strategy in all of Asia-Pacific.”

The new position sees Deutsch report directly to Strohmeyer from Hong Kong, where he will be based. Deutsch replaces outgoing Asia-Pacific president Samuel Lee, who has been in the role since 2008.

For Deutsch, growth in Asia-Pacific is top of the agenda as he steps into the new role, along with meeting surging demand from customers across the region.

“We are very committed to investing and expanding in the Asia-Pacific region through organic expansions and acquisitions,” Deutsch told Telecom Times. “We already have more than 2,200 customers here and I see tremendous opportunities, from both our key markets today, as well as the new markets our customers want us to explore.

This year alone, we have made a total investment of US$535 million with six new openings and five IBX expansions in the region. With the opening of TY11 in Tokyo this week, we now have a total of 42 IBX data centers in Asia-Pacific. Coming up, we will also open SL1 in Seoul, ME2 in Melbourne, SY5 in Sydney and SG4 in Singapore.

“In addition, we’re also expanding the rollout of new solutions, such as Network Edge Service, which is currently available in Singapore and will soon rollout to Australia,” he said.

Deutsch’s focus in the early days of his new role, however, will be meeting the team, listening to them and also letting his new staff ask him questions.

“This is important so I can better understand each of the markets in the region, understand customer demands from each market, which can then inform our strategy in the Asia-Pacific region,” Deutsch said.

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.

EIGHTH SYDNEY DATA CENTRE FOR EQUINIX IN $160M+ INVESTMENT

Equinix has announced a new international business exchange (IBX) data centre in South Sydney – its largest yet in Australia and its sixteenth in country.

The first phase of SY5, costing $160 million and targeted to open in the third quarter of this year, will offer an initial capacity of 1,825 cabinets.

Ultimately the facility, in Alexandra about four kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, will house 9,225 cabinets with a total colocation space of around 25,000 square meters. It will be directly adjacent to the company’s SY4 facility, with direct physical access between the two buildings.

Jeremy Deutsch, Equinix Australia managing director, says SY5, which sits on Platform Equinix will further enable the company to offer scalable digital infrastructure and on-demand interconnection both in the local market and across the Asia-Pacific region via a single platform.

“Local businesses are increasingly functioning at the digital edge with interconnection. SY5 is a display of our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, providing them with the ability to securely and directly connect their employees, partners and customers,” Deutsch says.

Equinix says its Sydney facilities – it already has seven data centres in Sydney – provide direct links to the continent’s two largest peering points along with direct access to the trans-Pacific telecommunications cables network Southern Cross Cable Head, the PIPE Pacific Cable network running from Australia to Guam, the new Hawaiki submarine cable system connecting Australia with New Zealand, other Pacific Islands and the continental US, and the Australia Singapore Cable.

The new IBX will have direct fibre cross connect capability with Equinix’ SY1, SY2, SY3 and SY4 IBX data centres. The IBXs’ customers include more than 155 network service providers, 265 cloud and IT service providers, more than 75 financial services companies and over 55 content and digital media companies.

The new facility will also have Metro Connect connectivity to the SY6 IBX in Silverwater, supporting geographic diversity and redundancy for customers.

News of the Sydney build follows the January announcement of a fourth IBX data centre in Singapore and the company’s entry into the new market of Seoul in South Korea.

Samuel Lee, Equinix Asia-Pacific president, says “Equinix aims to provide the best possible support for our customers as they navigate digital transformation, which is forecast to contribute more than $1 trillion to the Asia-Pacific GDP by 2021.

Equinix to spend $85M on build of 4th Singapore IBX data center

Equinix is planning to invest $85 million in the  construction of a fourth  International Business Exchange datacenter in Singapore

According to the Redwood City based company, the new facility – SG4 -t he new facility will provide interconnection and premium data center services to help businesses with their IT transformation and cloud adoption moves, while also supporting the digital infrastructure of Singapore.

Samuel Lee, President, Equinix Asia Pacific

“At the heart of digital business in Asia-PacificSingapore is a crucial hub for many organizations in the region, generating skyrocketing demand for cloud and interconnection services,” said Samuel Lee, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific.

“With interconnection accelerating across the Asia-Pacific region, the new SG4 IBX data center will create more opportunities for businesses, both locally and regionally, to interconnect with their customers, partners and stakeholders to achieve digital success, further enhancing the digital economies across Singapore and the region,” he added.

The new seven-story data center is slated to open in Q4 2019, delivering an initial capacity of 1,400 cabinets in the first phase.  “Equinix has deepened its investments to support the country’s Smart Nation plan, reflecting the company’s confidence in Singapore’s future as a digital hub in Asia,” the firm said.

According to the second volume of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, Singapore’s Interconnection Bandwidth capacity — a measurement of direct and private data exchange between businesses — is predicted to more than quadruple by 2021, reaching 394 Tbps at a compound annual growth rate of 47%.

  • The facility is planned to accommodate more than 4,000 cabinets at full build out, with a total colocation space of more than 132,180 square feet (approximately 12,280 square meters).
  • The new SG4 will be strategically situated at the East of Singapore in one of the country’s five data center clusters — Tai Seng Industrial Estate — providing location diversity from the three existing Equinix IBX data centers in Singapore.
  • Directly connected to the three existing Equinix IBX data centers in Singapore via low-latency dark fiber links, the new SG4 IBX will enable customers to securely interconnect with approximately 600 companies from different industries, including financial services, cloud services, biomedical sciences, IT, communications, media, physical sciences and engineering. This also includes a broad range of network services from more than 200 global networks and more than 150 cloud and IT service providers.
  • Today, the three Equinix IBX data centers in Singapore comprise more than 445,000 square feet (41,400 square meters) of colocation space. In Q3 2018, Equinix announced the completion of an expansion of the SG3 IBX data center in Singapore that nearly doubled the size of the facility.
  • As part of Equinix’s commitment to its long-term goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy and lowering its carbon footprint for its global platform, the Equinix SG1 IBX data center is BCA-IDA Green Mark certified, while the SG2 and SG3 IBX data centers have received the GoldPLUS and Platinum awards, respectively.
  • SG4 will also provide software-defined interconnection through Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) to more than 1,300 businesses including some of the largest cloud service providers (CSP) among them Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud and Tencent Cloud. Customers can use the ECX Fabric APIs or portal to find and connect to the aggregation of companies and ecosystems at Equinix on demand, locally or in other metro areas. This includes on-demand connectivity to ECX Fabric customers globally and in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia (SydneyMelbourne and Perth), Hong Kong and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka).
  • Currently, the global footprint of Platform Equinix spans 200 IBX data centers across 52 markets and 24 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for more than 9,800 of the world’s leading businesses. In Asia-Pacific, Equinix has 40 IBX data centers across key metros including AustraliaChinaHong KongIndonesiaJapan and Singapore.

Private inter-business connectivity to grow to nearly 10x the Internet: Equinix

Over the next three years, global interconnection bandwidth is forecast to grow to 8,200+ Terabits per second of capacity, or the equivalent of 33 Zettabytes of data exchange per year – ten times the projected capacity of internet traffic.

According to Equinix’s Global Interconnection Index, this represents a significant compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48% by 2021, almost double the expected 26% CAGR of global IP traffic.

Asia-Pacific’s interconnection bandwidth is expected to grow at a 51% CAGR to 2,200+ Tbps by 2021, increasing much faster than the US and Europe.

Sydney continues to remain as one of the top metros in the region, with interconnection bandwidth capacity expected to more than quadruple by 2021. The city is forecasted to see an even more rapid acceleration in interconnection Bbndwidth growth of 48% CAGR from 2017 to 2021, compared to 44% CAGR from 2016 to 2020 as predicted last year.

“Significant macro, technology and regulatory trends are converging to form an unprecedented era of complexity and risk and forcing the integration of physical and digital worlds,” said Equinix CMO Sara Baack. “The second Volume of the Global Interconnection Index has found that companies are solving their increasing digital requirements by directly connecting to key business partners through Interconnection, as traditional forms of connectivity do not meet the demanding requirements of today’s businesses.”

Some of the key  trends that have driven this growth in the past year and will impact its future growth include:

Digital Business Transformation, which drives the need to support real time interactions between people, things, locations, clouds and data to enable value capture. At least 60% of Australia’s GDP will be digitised by 2021, and 85% of Australian organisations will use flexible IT environments with hyper-agile architecture for application development in the same time frame according to industry analyst firm IDC.

Cybersecurity Risk, which expands Interconnection consumption as firms increasingly shift to private data traffic exchange to bypass the public internet and mitigate against digital threats as data is distributed across a growing number of vulnerability points. Large-scale cybersecurity breaches are one of the most serious risks facing the world today, and the scale of the threat is expanding drastically. Organisations within Asia-Pacific could lose up to a staggering amount of US$1.75 trillion to cyber security incidents – this amount accounts for 7% of the region’s GDP in 2017[3]. By 2021, the global cost of cybersecurity breaches is projected to reach US$6 trillion.

Business Ecosystems, which are experiencing an increase in mix of customers, partners and employees and require digital ecosystems and Interconnection to scale. By 2021, organisations using a mix of intermediaries are projected to more than double, and active engagement with industries outside the organisation’s native industry are projected to nearly triple.

To capture digital value, companies will need to support real time interactions by more strategically interconnecting the workflows across people, things, locations, cloud and data. The second Volume of the GXI identifies four classes of Interconnection use cases[6] along with an IT maturity model. Adopted in combination, these use cases create a digital-ready infrastructure for today’s businesses:

Network Optimisation to shorten the distance between users and services applications.
Hybrid Multi Cloud to connect and segment traffic between multiple clouds and private infrastructure. Distributed Security to deploy and interconnect security controls at points of digital engagement. Distributed Data to deploy and interconnect data analytics in proximity to users.