Global datacenter and networking interconnect provider Equinix is seeing major growth in enterprises moving away from private datacenters and into co-location facilities, particularly those with big, fast, low-latency connections to cloud providers.
It’s a relatively new trend for Equinix, and enterprises are now the company’s fastest growing vertical.
“Much of the traffic of private companies is flowing out, not in,” says Brian Lillie, Global CIO for Equinix boasts nearly 170,000 connections between customers, what Lillie terms cross-connects, and being able to see who connects to whom means Equinix can spot trends in the way customers are connecting to each other.
“The other trend we’re seeing is clouds connecting to clouds,” Lillie says, “So this era that you hear people talk about of the multi-cloud is real.”
Equinix are users of cloud computing themselves, for both internal applications and those that are customer facing. “We have maybe fifty to sixty cloud applications that we use to run Equinix,” Lillie says. “If you think of us as a mid-size enterprise in the US, and we’re running that many, yet we’re also running thirty or forty or fifty on-site. So you’re seeing that hybrid cloud is real, and we see that in the connectivity data we have.”
Lillie believes that hybrid cloud will be the reality for most organisations for the foreseeable future. “We’ve talked to so many enterprises where they just say for legal reasons, concern about the security perspective, or they just can’t take the risk of giving certain parts of their infrastructure to the cloud,” Lillie says. “It doesn’t mean that public cloud doesn’t have huge runway–because it does, it really does–but I think that it’ll be hybrid for quite some time.”