Equinix has announced the next phase in the evolution of Platform Equinix – allowing enterprises, cloud service providers (CSPs), and network providers to connect their global businesses at the digital edge.
To meet the ever-growing, on-demand interconnection needs of customers and to strengthen Platform Equinix as a global platform for digital business, the company has expanded its connectivity service delivered via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) to now support connections between all of its 37 ECX Fabric markets located across five continents.
ECX Fabric is an on-demand SDN-enabled interconnection service, that helps meet these needs by allowing any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure, and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.
To help customers scale their businesses as rapidly as the digital economy requires, the expanded ECX Fabric global connectivity functionality can be used as a primary connection, or as a complement to a customer’s existing MPLS or Ethernet-based network for data centre-to-data centre connections.
It does this by handling backup connections between metros, seasonal spikes in traffic, offloading lower value network traffic, or for short-term projects requiring more bandwidth.
With this expanded interconnection service, available between any two ECX Fabric-enabled markets, customers can now leverage the power of Platform Equinix to privately interconnect clouds, networks and services to global data centres at their digital edge.
ECX Fabric also enables customers 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.
As Equinix offers direct access to the highest concentration of major cloud provider onramps in the world, ECX Fabric is ideally suited to solve customers’ multi-cloud network connectivity challenges.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed either, as the ECX Fabric was actually honored in December 2018 at the DCD Awards with the 2018 Smart Data Centre Award. ECX Fabric received this recognition for having the richest ecosystem and for quickly becoming the de facto global standard for how enterprises and service providers connect to the cloud.
To date, more than 1,400 customers currently using ECX Fabric, which is available in 37 metros globally, including leading enterprises, cloud and network service providers, have established more than 14,900 active virtual connections to ECX Fabric.