Enterprises improve cloud and application performance with Equinix

Enterprises are recognizing the power of cloud technology. Among those that have are the American Infrastructure, CDM Smith, GP Strategies, HarperCollins and many others. These companies have implemented solutions from Equinix, particularly Performance Hub and Cloud Exchange.

Equinix Performance Hub enables the enterprise to place corporate IT resources near large user populations, while Equinix Cloud Exchange, a complementary solution, enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to all major networks and cloud providers. 

Global Engineering Firm Boosts Application Performance

The Equinix Performance Hub allows customers to distribute IT resources in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers closer to user populations, and provides connectivity to many networks and clouds. This distributed, interconnection-based approach to data center computing has proven to provide significant benefits in application and network performance, as well as business and IT agility. 

CDM Smith, a global consulting, engineering and construction company, chose Equinix to help transform its network architecture and leverage a hybrid cloud model.

CDM Smith deployed the Equinix Performance Hub at nine key locations around the globe. This configuration includes high-performance interconnection to support real time collaboration among CDM Smith’s 160 global offices.

By also connecting to Equinix Cloud Exchange, CDM Smith is simplifying its transition to a hybrid cloud environment through access to leading cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure. 

Publishing House Expedites Cloud Deployment

As hybrid cloud adoption grows, more and more companies are building services that rely on multiple private and public clouds.  Leading global enterprises are turning to Equinix to help accelerate their cloud implementation strategies by tapping Equinix Cloud Exchange to connect directly to cloud and network providers inside Equinix data centers. 

For example, HarperCollins, a division of the NewsCorp Group, chose to leverage its presence in the Equinix London IBX data center to connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute through the Equinix Cloud Exchange, resulting in reduced latency, increased performance, streamlined operations and reduced costs.

Many other enterprise customers have turned to Equinix to solve similar business problems. 

During a recent panel at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, Equinix customers General Electric and Lincoln Financial Group discussed how they are transforming their businesses to better meet the demands of evolving workload patterns, application migration to the cloud, big data analytics, mobility and all-together-new systems of engagement, such as the Internet of Things (IoT.) 

Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 19 markets globally – Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Osaka, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C. – with expansion planned to a total of 21 markets in early 2015, including Melbourne and Zurich.

In 2014, leading cloud providers, such as AWS, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, SoftLayer, and many others, all announced they are joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange.  Equinix has also seen rapid global adoption with the addition of network and cloud providers around the globe, including Telefonica, TI Sparkle and IX Reach in EMEA and NTT and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in Asia Pacific.

Equinix recently acquired Nimbo, a professional services company focused on enterprise cloud infrastructure.  Nimbo provides consulting services that help enterprises migrate existing legacy applications into a hybrid cloud infrastructure and connect legacy datacenters to the cloud. Nimbo is also a certified partner of both AWS and Microsoft Azure.