Equinix has, over the past several years, played the role of connector between a number of public cloud vendors and organizations’ existing IT assets. It’s a natural move for Equinix, which, as a global vendor of data center space, is an important utility provider, but obviously doesn’t really play much up the value chain. Direct Connect helps them to change that, allowing companies to connect their privately owned and managed infrastructure to AWS. It also performs a similar role for other public cloud platforms, Microsoft Azure for example.
The reasons for providing these connections are obvious – privacy, security, throughput, and application performance all benefit from these high-spec pipes. A recent study released by Equinix, titled Enterprise of the Future, found that by 2017, 84% of IT leaders will deploy IT infrastructure where interconnection – defined as direct, secure physical or virtual connections – is at the core, compared to only 38% today. Don’t let it be said that interconnection is not an important part of the modern enterprise IT organization.