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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION HAS BUOYED DATA CENTRE PROVIDER EQUINIX’S GLOBAL AMBITIONS. ALEX IRWIN-HUNT REPORTS


quinix, the world’s largest colocation data centre pro- vider, has a unique purview


over an evolving tech-enabled busi- ness landscape. The Silicon Valley- based company’s platformof more than 220 data centres puts it at the centre of growing demand for dis- tributed digital infrastructure. “The pandemic has been a cata-


lyst for people continuing to realise that digital transformation is a criti- cal business priority across industry sectors around the world,” Charles Meyers, the chief executive of Equinix, tells fDi over Zoom. As one of Equinix’s 10,000 global


customers, Zoom—along with other video conferencing platforms—has neededmore data centre capacity in line with the proliferation of remote working. With digital services, data and


cloud computing becoming increas- ingly inseparable frommodern busi- ness operations and our daily lives, infrastructure providers such as Equinix are set for expansion.


Digital infrastructure leader Since 2010, Equinix has been the sec- ond-most active global investor in the data processing, hosting and related


services sub-sector, behind Amazon, announcing more than 100 foreign greenfield investments across 25 countries, according to fDiMarkets. “For a lot ofcompanies, saying


they are digital infrastructure leaders is hype. But withEquinix, it’s real,” says CourtneyMunroe, vice president forworldwide telecommunications researchat market researchfirmIDC. Rivals, such as US-based Digital


Realty, CloudFlare and Japanese tele- comsmultinational NTT, follow closely behind in terms of global investments.


Data centre outsourcing Equinix connects organisations directly to their customers and part- ners in their data centres, serving a broad base of activities ranging from education to manufacturing, mobil- ity and healthcare. Mr Meyers says that demand


depends on howdata-intensive busi- nesses are, noting that across indus- tries, such as retail, automotive and financial services, companies are increasingly leveraging data and the cloud for their operations. “We have seen a very strongmove-


menttowards hybrid and ‘multi- cloud’ as the architecture of choice for


EQUINIX’S GLOBAL DATA CENTRE PLATFORM


bothour service provider and enter- prise customers,” he says, adding that businesses want to balance theirown private infrastructure withintercon- nection to the cloud infrastructure housed in Equinix data centres. Digital consultancy Gartner pre-


dicts that by 2025,80%of firms will shut downtheir traditional data cen- tres, opting for specialistcompanies tomanage their digital infrastructure. Mr Munroe says that burgeoning


demand for access to cloud applica- tions and a boomin enterprisesmov- ing their on-premises data centres to third-party specialists is benefiting colocation providers. “It’s oftenmorecost-effective to


leverage acompany likeEquinix than having in-house data centres,” he explains. “If youwant tohave a flexi- ble, agile infrastructure,Equinix can provide youwithcutting-edge technol- ogiesand access to a lot ofcompanies.” Mr Meyers adds that “enterprise


demand and the needs of our cus- tomers is forcing us to think about howtomake sure we can extend our global platformto interconnect with the platform of the hyperscalers”.


Hyperscaledemand Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google—broadly referred to as hyperscalers for the huge amount of data they produce and manage—are driving themajority of capital expenditure (capex) in the industry. For Equinix,which serves both


the hyperscaler and retail colocation segments, Mr Meyers says there is a symbiosis between large hyperscale and enterprise facilities. “We have a highly complemen-


Sources: Equinix, fDi Markets. Map shows Equinix’s global footprint of data centres. Countries are coloured by foreign greenfield investment projects into ICT and internet infrastructure between January 2003 and May 2021, according to fDi Markets data. ICT & internet infrastructure includes data centres, wireless telecoms carriers, wired telecoms carriers, internet publishing and communication equipment.


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tary relationship with the hyperscal- ers, providing themwith cloud on- ramps and network nodes within our retail data centres as well as ded- icated space for their own data cen- tres,” he says. Synergy Research Group, amar-


ket intelligence firm, estimates that capex by hyperscale operators in the first quarter of 2021 rose by 31%


www.fDiIntelligence.com August/September 2021


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