Dropbox is planning to continue expanding its global private network by offering its collaboration platform on the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, and by launching six new points of presence across North America and Europe that will improve performance and reliability for users globally.
“By rolling out network infrastructure across the globe over the last two years, we’ve improved performance and reliability for our users by allowing them to get more direct access to our data centres,” said Akhil Gupta, vice president of infrastructure for Dropbox.
The new points-of-presence are expected to go online in Atlanta, Denver, Berlin and Toronto in the first half of 2018, followed by Stockholm and Oslo in the second half of the year. By the end of 2018, Dropbox expects to have an infrastructure footprint that spans 29 facilities in 12 countries on four continents including North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
By establishing network infrastructure in regions where Dropbox is seeing increased adoption, the company can carry its traffic using dedicated bandwidth. Each accelerator is based within co-location facilities that also house infrastructure from other ISPs; many of which connect directly into the Dropbox network through a process called peering.
Peering allows Dropbox customers to avoid sending their traffic over the open internet, where it could travel through a web of different ISPs before finally reaching the Dropbox data centres. The greater number of ISPs the traffic travels through, the greater the risk of increasing latency, which can lower reliability and negatively impact performance.
By peering with Dropbox, customers gain access to fast, reliable bandwidth owned by Dropbox and dedicated exclusively to their use; ultimately improving their performance and reliability. Dropbox offers peering for free and currently has thousands of peering partners around the world.
Dropbox is making it easier for companies to peer with it by participating on Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). ECX Fabric is an on-demand platform that enables Equinix customers to discover and dynamically connect to any other customer like Dropbox across any Equinix location globally, including cloud service providers and users.
By offering its global collaboration platform on ECX Fabric, Dropbox will enable the fast private connections to users via Equinix’s global platform of more than 190 data centres in 24 countries. For companies that were unable to peer with Dropbox before due to a variety of technical constraints, ECX Fabric offers a way to plug into the Dropbox network to improve performance and reliability. ECX Fabric is available today in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in the US and EMEA where Dropbox is based and will be rolled out globally in the coming months.