Equinix Brings Data Processing to the Edge

Equinix Data Hub is designed to help enterprises enhance performance by locating data near its source, users and cloud providers.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

April 7, 2016

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Equinix Brings Data Processing to the Edge

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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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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