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GNX global connectivity now delivered through Equinix’s Hamburg data centre

GNX global connectivity now delivered through Equinix’s Hamburg data centre

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Equinix has announced a strategic collaboration with GNX, a global provider of managed underlay and WAN networks, to bring bespoke connectivity solutions to Equinix’s enterprise clients in its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre HH1 in Hamburg. GNX is now an official Reseller Partner within the Equinix Partner Program.

Companies deploying at HH1 and utilising interconnection services such as Equinix Fabric and Network Edge, can now access over 4,000 carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through GNX, thus benefitting from enhanced connectivity at the digital edge.

By leveraging Equinix Fabric in combination with GNX’s managed first- and last-mile services, customers are able to access the entire global Equinix ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers, including more than 1,800 networks and 2,950+ cloud and IT service providers. This enables companies to deploy their digital infrastructure effectively, with secure access to their own infrastructure, customers, ecosystem and clouds, across regions.

According to the Equinix 2020-21 Global Tech Trends Survey, IT leaders in Germany are working to digitise their IT infrastructure, with 78% of respondents citing this as a priority of their organisation’s technology strategy. In addition, 69% are focused on improving network optimisation and moving their infrastructure to the digital edge – both of which are supported by this new partnership.

With the newly increased number of carrier network providers available in the Equinix Hamburg IBX, customers can now optimise their networks based on price, quality of service and service offering and integrate the Equinix interconnected ecosystem in their global WAN.

Highlights

•             As a major European industrial and trade hub, Hamburg is home to a growing technology community, including many e-commerce companies which require low latency, increased bandwidth and connectivity to industry-leading networking and cloud services providers. Equinix’s growing presence in the metro further supports the city’s position as a leading German digital hub: The Smart City Index by Bitkom measures major German cities in terms of digitisation and Hamburg achieves top scores in all areas examined.

•             Opened in 2019, HH1 is Equinix’s first data centre in Hamburg-the company’s fourth metro in Germany. HH1 enables Equinix customers to evolve from traditional businesses to “digital businesses” whereby they can interconnect with thousands of customers, locations, clouds and service providers, through one of the largest global interconnection ecosystems.

•             HH1 provides access to Platform Equinix, including Equinix Fabric, allowing customers to leverage interconnection services at the digital edge. Enterprises and service providers use Equinix Fabric as a single interconnection approach to connect between all their physical and virtual devices within Equinix IBXs and the world’s largest digital infrastructure ecosystem. This includes connecting physical devices located within Equinix colocation and automated bare metal servers available with Equinix Metal, with virtual devices such as routers, firewalls and SD-WAN gateways available on Network Edge. This helps enterprises to seamlessly bridge the distance between their distributed digital infrastructure for future-proofed business success.

•             GNX is carrier-neutral and provides first- and last-mile connectivity, in addition to integrating with any SDWAN, SASE or traditional network WAN, GNX delivers this full suite within a single contract, providing customers with a single point of contact from provisioning to pro-active 24×7 support.

Jens-Peter Feidner, Managing Director, Germany, Equinix, said: “Through this new collaboration with GNX, we are further enhancing connectivity options for our customers in Hamburg. Enterprises benefit from the numerous carrier network providers now available, enabling our customers to leverage a neutral connectivity network combined with Equinix’s interconnection services such as Equinix Fabric. This partnership further underlines Hamburg’s growing importance as a digital hub and one of Germany’s leading digital capitals.”

Jan-Willem Meijer, CCO, the Netherlands, GNX, said: “Supporting businesses that need a more agile, flexible and global approach to connectivity, GNX provides a unique, carrier-neutral model that enables clients to source solutions that best fit their requirements. We help to extend the Equinix ecosystem, including Equinix Fabric and cloud integration capabilities, to the customer premise using private or public connectivity options. This partnership has enabled us to offer access to the global Equinix ecosystem through our carrier-neutral connectivity, reducing the hassle of multi-vendor, multi-contract environments for our customers.”

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