Equinix this week introduced a cloud service to allow enterprises to provide data processing at the edge of the network, to enhance performance by locating the data near its source, users and cloud providers.
"It's geared for a high level of data consumption," Lance Weaver, Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) VP platform strategy, tells Light Reading.
Equinix Data Hub is a colocation service designed to allow customers to locate their data repositories in Equinix's data centers, in proximity to high-speed interconnections and global public cloud services.
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Data Hub is designed to work with Equinix Performance Hub. While Performance Hub deploys network gear and interconnection inside Equinix data centers, for connectivity to public and private cloud services, Data Hub adds data to the mix.
One use case for Data Hub is cloud-integrated tiered storage, to store data close to sources such as enterprise offices, while also providing connections to public clouds. Enterprises can use Data Hub for a big data analytics infrastructure, and data protection and replication. And enterprises can also use Data Hub to build a "data lake" accessible for multiple public and private cloud services.
Equinix is in the interconnect business, providing direct connections between enterprises and public clouds, including Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Azure, as well as providing interconnections between those services. Enterprise customers generally use multiple cloud services, as well as on-premises IT, and need to find ways to interconnect them all. Communications service providers often partner with Equinix to provide connectivity to enterprise customers. (See Equinix Drives Hybrid Trend to Colo Growth.)
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— Mitch Wagner, , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading.