Equinix: Rethink the model
Data centre specialist says IT has to move from typical enterprise-owned siloed infrastructure
IT has to move from the typical enterprise-owned siloed data centre infrastructure. That is the message from Equinix, the global interconnection and data centre company, at GITEX Technology Week 2015.
Stuart Durnham, Director, Enterprise & Financial Services EMEA, says that the system and applications that an enterprise owns and operates has to move out closer to where the end users who consumes those services are. “For instance if an organisation and its applications are based out of Dubai and their customers are in London, the user experience is simply not going to be as optimised as it could be if the business had moved its applications closer to the customer,” explains Durnham.
Equinix is thus providing an inter-connected orientated architecture through its data centres. This, Durnham says, is changing the way IT is delivered, from siloed and centralised in core enterprise data centres to co-located inter-networked and distributed at the edge of an enterprise network. “This means that businesses need to change their connectivity model, moving to private and secure cross-connect means of connection rather than using public internet,” Durnham says.
Equinix has over 105 data centres worldwide, one of which is in Dubai. The Dubai facility serves as a major hub for the MENA region and provides services for Africa and other regions in the Middle East. “People here are all talking about how cloud, IoT, social, analytics and mobility is forcing them to change their IT infrastructure,” says Durnham. “So what we wanted to do as Equinix was to look at the major challenges that are happening in the industry and what enterprises are looking to deploy in order to overcome those challenges,” he adds.