Everyone is wondering if the COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion a replacement norm of collaborating, interacting and socializing. I think the solution may be a definitive “Yes.” Many IT organizations worldwide have now successfully accelerated their efforts to shift their infrastructure to the sting to satisfy the requirements of their universally distributed user base. These new technology capabilities will endure, as will the new workforce preferences they need to be created.
Although the pandemic has been a catalyst to hurry the distribution of digital solutions around the world, the move toward global, industry-wide transformation has been mounting over the last decade. Companies that are strategically distributing their IT infrastructure closer to their users are now benefitting from a more agile digital foundation that’s well-positioned to satisfy today’s challenges.
Colocation’s value reaches far beyond space, power and cooling
Though the physical reach of worldwide data centers is what initially attracts many enterprises, it’s the essential on-demand access to the network, cloud/SaaS, and edge services ecosystems that helps them create new value for his or her business and their customers. We see these trends at work with our customers a day, and that they were confirmed in IDC’s 2019 U.S. Enterprise Communications survey on hosting and colocation services. IDC’s report showed that over half (57.9%) of respondents were using third-party data centers to access interconnection services to cloud service providers (CSPs).[ii]
Cloud is becoming a foothold destination
Hybrid multi-cloud infrastructures at the sting are powering the expansion of digital infrastructures. instead of counting on multi-hop, latency-ridden routing to major metro CSP locations, companies are moving their IT infrastructures to the sting, where private and public clouds are often proximate to users, applications, and data. By 2023, IDC predicts this shift will ignite the cloud industry to grow to $652 billion, with edge networks representing 60% of all deployed infrastructures.[iii]
Edge computing is processing new workloads
By 2024, IDC predicts the number of apps at the sting will increase by 800%.iFor companies to deliver the simplest quality of service (QoS) between users and applications, they have to place computing resources close at hand to scale back latency. This also requires greater edge computing to support growing dynamic digital edge workloads, like unified communications and collaboration and therefore the internet of things (IoT).
Use cases that integrate colocation, cloud and edge computing
The following are just a couple of samples of how we are teaming up with our customers and partners to enable a good range of digital services by integrating colocation, cloud and edge computing on our single global interconnection platform.
Fast access to unified communications and collaboration
With many remote workers, communities and families sheltered in situ , UCC solutions like Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams/Skype and Zoom are keeping people connected. Cloud-based UCC providers have seamlessly scaled-out their IT operations on Platform Equinix® in IBX data centers around the world. By rapidly provisioning higher capacity bandwidth and services, and harnessing private IP peering via Equinix Internet Exchange™, these providers can deliver a better QoS to their users in hours and days, instead of weeks or months.
Global distributed digital security
Security providers are expanding their customers’ security perimeters to encompass hybrid on-premises and colocation data centers, private and public cloud environments at the sting via the ECX Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) and Network Edge services. By distributing corporate security services and compliance policies, businesses gain greater control and manageability where the foremost users and data reside, also as where the foremost likely entry points for cybersecurity are exposed.
For example, security providers and their customers can deploy distributed edge firewalls and aggregate virtual private network (VPN) traffic for faster more scalable secure access to vital UCC solutions or critical edge computing services like bare metal on-demand for real-time, big data security analytics.
Direct connectivity to multi-cloud with end to finish encryption and dynamic routing via SD-WAN virtual edge or gateway also enables private data exchange between cloud-based databases and applications to be accessed securely by global edge locations.
50% of the latest enterprise IT infrastructure deployed is going to be at the sting instead of corporate datacenters.
IoT data is being created from every corner of the world and requires single-digit latency to be effective for brand spanking new digital applications like autonomous vehicles and telehealth. Deploying IoT on a worldwide scale and managing the huge exchange of IoT data requires local presence and fast access to cloud and edge computing services.
As a case in point, a number one global telecommunications service provider is partnering with Equinix to deliver one worldwide IoT network grid to other network and mobile operators across geographic borders and technologies via an IoT Infrastructure-as-a-Service on Platform Equinix. the corporate is leveraging Equinix’s global footprint and ECX Fabric to efficiently collect and distribute IoT data across different networks and clouds, accelerate IoT deployments, and deliver greater business insights to customers via high-speed low-latency private interconnection.
Interconnection pulls it all at once
For enterprises to quickly deploy distributed colocation data centers, hybrid multi-cloud, and edge computing infrastructures, they have proximate, high-speed, low-latency private interconnection. Equinix Global Solutions Architects can assist you to deploy interconnection services to quickly distribute IT infrastructures to where your users need them the foremost.