Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric Recognized by 451 Research for Innovation and Vision in Tech Industry

REDWOOD CITY, CA — Equinix has received the “451 Firestarter” award from leading technology research and advisory firm 451 Research, recognizing the company’s innovative contribution within the technology industry for Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric. 451 Research’s Firestarter program recognizes exceptional innovation within the information technology industry. Introduced in 2018, and awarded quarterly, the program is exclusively analyst-led, allowing its team of technology and market experts to highlight organizations they believe are significantly contributing to the overall pace and extent of innovation in the technology market.

Born out of the need for businesses to quickly and efficiently respond to changing IT requirements driven by digital transformation, ECX Fabric helps meet these customer needs by allowing businesses to exchange their data on demand across metros through private connections. ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect its own distributed infrastructure with any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.

By combining ECX Fabric with Network Edge services on the Equinix global interconnection platform, customers can deploy virtual edge devices and interconnect them to clouds and network providers located in new global markets, extending their reach to potentially thousands of new business partners around the world. This empowers companies to be everywhere they need to be, to interconnect everyone and integrate everything that matters to their global digital businesses.

Private connectivity between enterprises, strategic cloud service providers and network services is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localized digital services at the edge. According to Volume 2 of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud and network service providers is forecast to grow nearly 10 times faster than public internet traffic by 2021.

Dan Thompson, Senior Analyst, 451 Research

“While the data center industry can be slow to adopt change, Equinix has found ways to innovate without compromising reliability. By creating and continually expanding ECX Fabric on its global interconnection platform, Equinix is on a path to allow customers to easily reach infrastructure in any one of its 200 datacenter facilities around the world—edging closer toward a truly Software Programmable Interconnection (SPI) and earning them a 451 Firestarter award,” said Dan Thompson, Research Director at 451 Research.

“As we continue evolving the Equinix global interconnection platform for digital businesses, we’re thrilled to be honored with a 415 Firestarter award for innovation with ECX Fabric. This recognition from top industry analysts is both a validation for the interconnection category of services among enterprises, cloud and network providers, and also a testament to how Equinix’s interconnection services are helping customers solve their multicloud network connectivity challenges by interconnecting and integrating global businesses at the digital edge,” added Bill Long, Vice President, Interconnection Services, Equinix