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February 28, 2017

Equinix offers a SmartView for enterpises moving to the edge

Equinix is to spread new software platform for enterprises moving to network edge.

By Hannah Williams

Equinix is set to roll-out a data centre monitoring software platform, dubbed IBX SmartView, designed to give visibility into distributed infrastructure.

Giving transparency to a global deployment across Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers, the platform enables enterprises to proactively plan and optimise operations.

It is currently available in select locations such as Chicago, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Washington and Singapore and is set to be rolled out to other IBX data centre across the world later this year.

IBX SmartView is designed to reduce risk with a high degree of visbility into real-time operating and environmental conditions to ensure high availability of services and faster application response times.

It is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, available through Equinix’s customer portal. The measurements include utility feeds, switch gears, generators, USPs, static switches, chillers, cooling plans and air handling units.

Read more: Equinix enhances its Cloud Exchange with direct access to Salesforce platform

This comes provided with the capability to precisely monitor and forecast utility usage across a customer’s global IBX footprint, with conditions such as power, mechanical and environmental all measured in real-time to meet customer demands.

Ravi Ravishankar, Vice president, products and offer management, Equinix said: “As enterprises deploy services that better address users at the edge of the physical and virtual world, it is critical to have the visibility and flexibility of a globally distributed infrastructure.

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“IBX SmartView is essential to interconnect operations with the services that are transforming business today. It provides unparalleled transparency and enables customers to seamlessly manage their physical infrastructure footprint and proactively plan for changes in their business.”

Also announced today, Equinix is to acquire ICT-Centre AG Zurich’s data centre business which is near Equinix’s Zurich IBX data centres, ZH2 and ZH4.

The acquisition enables Equinix to expand its existing ZH4 data centre to deploy interconnection at a higher scale in the key European location.

Equinix currently hosts four data centres in Zurich, which together form a data centre campus providing customers with the ability to easily interconnect with each other in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains.

The campus also provides businesses with the opportunity to reach 90 percent of Europe within 20ms. This locates Zurich as an ideal hub for enterprises with multiple offices in Europe.

With the acquisition of ICT-Centre AG, there will be an addition of approximately 60 cabinets of sold capacity and approximately 230 cabs of colocation space.

Read more: Equinix, Digital Realty & NTT extend colo lead in data centre market

The data centre itself currently hosts a large number of network customers, increasing the network density at the site along with global enterprises and financial services companies. It also has over 70 networks available at the site, making it the most interconnected site in Switzerland.

A total of over 325 companies already collocate in Equinix’s Zurich data centres, as well as Geneva to connect business partners and customers across their digital supply chains.

Eric Schwartz, President EMEA, Equinix said: “With the right to privacy and data protection enshrined in the Swiss constitution, combined with a fast, sound IT infrastructure, Switzerland continues to be a top destination for international business.

“We believe this acquisition enables Equinix to provide more capacity and interconnection to customers who leverage Platform Equinix for access to network or cloud connectivity, or accelerate digital transformation.”

Equinix is to purchase the data centre business for less than $5 million, with the acquisition expected to close in early April 2017.

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