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.

Juniper Networks speeds up firewall performance for cloud, 5G, IoT with launch of new bolstered services processing card

Juniper Networks has announced an upgraded services processing card, which it says can deliver up to an 11-fold performance boost across a range of key performance metrics to its SRX5000 line of services gateways.

“With the rise of IoT, 5G and hybrid cloud network environments, many of our customers are faced with rapidly increasing bandwidth demands that necessitate a security platform that can scale while protecting the network against an advanced and high-volume cyberattack landscape,”  said Juniper Network Director of Security Portfolio Marketing  Amy James.

“[The] SRX5000 line of firewalls with SPC3 Advanced Security Acceleration ensures our customers have powerful security without sacrificing the performance, scale and agility needed to stay aligned with changing business needs,” she added.

The firm said the new card was designed to help service providers, cloud providers and enterprises meet the diverse and high security demands of multi cloud, internet of things, 5G and the enterprise edge while continuing to offer customers investment protection with their SPC2 installed base.

“Mobile devices, IoT and media streaming are driving traffic to increase exponentially, requiring service providers, cloud providers and enterprise data centres to fortify their infrastructure with more powerful and efficient security platforms, helping them to better defend against the increasing volumes of cyber threats,” it said.

Juniper’s new Advanced Security Acceleration product provides protection that will grow with customers as their traffic and security needs increase. A key component of Juniper’s unified cybersecurity platform, the company said the card targets customers seeking to secure their networks without sacrificing performance or scale



Fujitsu has deployed Juniper Networks’ cloud management platform AppFormix in Japan, in a bid to ensure the operational efficiency of the new region of its own K5 enterprise cloud service K5.

K5 is billed as the world’s largest open-source based platform, with Fujitsu noting strong adoption by organisations looking to drive digital business transformation across the public, private and hybrid cloud.

As Fujitsu prepared for the launch of the new region of K5, which scales several times the previous version, it required a cloud operations management service that could to address these operational requirements, while bringing increased capabilities.

In addition to significantly reducing operational burden and complexity, AppFormix’s unique user-friendly GUI dashboard displaying real-time reporting and high level compatibility with OpenStack has also allowed Fujitsu to better plan resource consumption and capacity expansion, which is crucial in light of potential continued service expansions of the K5 platform in the future.