Equinix Invokes Metcalfe’s Law
When we think of cloud computing, we tend to think of high profile, publicly available offerings, such as Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure. That is in keeping with our tendency to view public, private and hybrid cloud offerings from an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), or software-as-a-service (SaaS) perspective. While that perspective is a reasonable way to view the cloud world, we must not ignore the basic private or public data center facilities infrastructures, capabilities and services upon which all of these depend. Equinix is a leading public player in providing these data centers services, such as collocation and networking connectivity via facilities spread across the world. The company’s approach is both very interesting and important. Let’s see why.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.