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Private data exchanges set to outgrow public internet traffic

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Global interconnection and data centre company, Equinix has announced that adoption of its cloud exchange fabric (ECX Fabric) has soared as its network service provider (NSP) customers increasingly turning to the product to provide on-demand, private multi-cloud connectivity to their business customers.

According to a recent market study carried out by the company, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud and network service providers is forecast to grow nearly 10 times faster than public internet traffic by 2021.

ECX Fabric enables networks to streamline their access to the world’s largest cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud on Platform Equinix via global, software-defined interconnection.

With NSPs currently utilising 35% of the more than 14,800 active virtual connections to date, ECX Fabric has the potential to become the de facto global standard for how the world’s leading networks connect to the cloud, a statement suggested.

Among the more than 1,400 customers currently using ECX Fabric, leading NSPs such as Spectrum Enterprise, Telstra, Frontier Communications and Axtel are rapidly adopting ECX Fabric in order to meet these evolving digital demands, the company states.

By collaborating with Equinix and benefitting from its plethora of cloud service providers via ECX Fabric, NSPs can offer their customers on-demand, private connectivity to multiple cloud providers, ultimately helping their customers extract more value from the cloud.

ECX Fabric is a software-defined interconnection service that enables any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other businesses’, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.

Available across more than 35 locations, ECX Fabric is designed for scalability, agility and connectivity over a self-service portal or API. Through a single port, customers can discover and reach anyone at Equinix on demand, locally or across metros.

The package allows businesses to exchange their data on demand across metros through private connections. This capability allows enterprises, network services and cloud providers alike to scale their digital businesses just as rapidly as the digital economy requires it.

The company’s ‘vast ecosystem’ of enterprises, cloud service and network providers within its data centres, along with an intuitive portal user interface and APIs, makes it easier for network service providers to quickly enable interconnection for their customers, it is claimed.

With ECX Fabric, NSPs can provision virtual connections to their cloud providers within minutes, versus the traditional method that could take weeks and even months. As a result, the system can dramatically improve the speed to market for NSPs looking to offer customers high-performance multi-cloud connectivity over a software-defined interconnection platform.

NSP-enabled private connectivity to strategic cloud service providers, as well as other enterprises or businesses, is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localised digital services at the edge.

“Clients depend on our network and services to deliver reliable connectivity across their network. The ECX Fabric enables us to deliver the Cloud Connect solution and further enhance the performance of a client’s public cloud environment,” commented Robert Schroeder, vice president, Data Product Management, Spectrum Enterprise.

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