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Interconnection isn’t just about technology. Sometimes, it’s much more personal

Clement Goh, Managing Director, South Asia, Equinix | May 20, 2016
Organisations need physical connections between businesses and service providers so data can be shared in many locations in many ways.

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Whilst routers and switches are important, today's businesses also run on the kind of connections people pursue in places where fibre optic cables aren't required for communication. The fact is that personal connections are essential in an interconnected world. Often it is a human touch that can turn technology from racks and fans into something more effective and transformative.

That's not to say that technology isn't important. Electronic interconnections are available at a deeper and broader level than ever before. Companies can collaborate with partners everywhere and offer products and services people didn't even think were possible five years ago. Asia's market leaders know this, and are already embracing interconnection to keep up with the latest digital trends.

According to a report by Forrester, "Simplify Your Hybrid Infrastructure Strategy with Cloud Exchanges: How Colocation And Interconnection Partners Can Help Support Your Multicloud Future," colocation and interconnection partners, including Equinix, have stepped up to offer services such as cloud exchanges, which deliver direct, simultaneous connections to multiple clouds.

"Like Internet exchanges, the key benefit of cloud exchanges comes from the quantity and variety of service providers available," the report reads. "As many organizations now use services from multiple cloud providers - most using hybrid combinations of SaaS applications, services built on PaaS solutions, or IaaS resources - cloud exchanges present a compelling model to dynamically connect multiple clouds without the complexity, expense, and delay of provisioning multiple physical connections."

Equinix understood that building places where people could just hook up their cables was not going to be enough to create the personal relationships critical to business.  With the public Internet struggling to handle the growing size and complexity of today's IT workloads and deliver the high performance, security and reliability demanded by today's enterprises, a new approach is required - one with people at the centre of it.

Direct, secure, proximate connections to end users are key, which is why methodologies like Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA) - an IT model that's distributed, interconnected and agile - are growing in popularity. This approach allows enterprises to bypass the public Internet and get closer to dispersed, mobile end users for safer, faster connectivity - connecting people as well as systems.

IOA is a proven model that businesses can use to directly and securely bring together people, locations, clouds and data. It shifts the fundamental structure of IT from siloed and centralised to interconnected and distributed.


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