Data Center Interconnect

Equinix Looks to Future-Proof Network Through Open Computing

For Equinix, joining the Open Compute Project is a way to future-proof its network by collaborating with vendors on emerging technologies.

The Open Compute Project last week announced its launch of the OCP Telco Project, with several major operators joining, including AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), EE , SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), as well as Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) (See Major Telcos Join Facebook's Open Compute Project.)

Equinix believes it can offer expertise in its mainstay business -- providing interconnects between enterprise networks and multiple cloud providers, Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi tells Light Reading.

"Our interest isn't specific technology. It's building the next-generation interconnection platform," Tarazi says. "We feel OCP is creating the platform for the next generation of interconnection that really takes the friction out of the application layer, enabling SDN, next-generation mobility, 5G, LTE and so on."

New applications such as the Internet of Things and 5G require New IP networks to ensure agility and meet customer demands. Open source groups like OCP are part of that emerging trend.

Equinix wants to see OCP promote developing an ecosystem around open source hardware and software. "We care about multiple players working together," says Tarazi. Equinix wants to ensure interoperability for interconnections and data sharing over networks supporting emerging technologies including SDN and NFV built on top of hardware and software stacks.

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The standards and specifications developed by OCP will help ensure connectivity between multiple vendors' hardware and software, Tarazi says. "Today we connect with IP protocols, which works for today," he says. But Equinix also wants to ensure compatibility for containers, security, automation and other emerging technology. "All of that is where OCP will help us."

"We want to future-proof our capabilities by collaborating with new players on the new model," Tarazi says.

Equinix says it will release more details about its plans for OCP following the group's OCP U.S. Summit 2016 in March.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

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