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Equinix and Ciena Enable On-Demand Networks

Industry-leading data center provider deploys Ciena networking platforms to enable virtual cross connect; boost speed and performance of elastic cloud services

Equinix has teamed with Ciena to enable on-demand virtual network capabilities that allow service provider and enterprise customers to quickly provision high-speed, high-capacity network resources whenever they need them.

Extending across the U.S., EMEA and Asia-Pacific, these “on-demand” networks allow Equinix customers to benefit from the full promise of cloud — providing access to massive amounts of compute and network resources, exactly and only when needed. For example, a video service provider can provision an on-demand, high-speed connection during a major sporting event to stream low-latency HD video and other bandwidth-intensive applications during peak demand, and then decommission the connection once the event is over, only paying for actual usage. Equinix on-demand services will be supported by a programmable SDN architecture, leveraging Ciena Optical VPN and NFV technologies as well as WaveLogic processors, giving end customers greater flexibility, control and capacity.

“Many Equinix customers are looking for the ability to expand their networks globally and they require high-speed connections within a metro, or globally, between our IBX data centers. Through our relationship with Ciena, we can offer customers a dynamic and automated interface to the hundreds of network and cloud service providers inside our data centers and meet their needs for next-generation connectivity solutions,” said Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix.

“Equinix Cloud Exchange customers in major markets worldwide will have access to affordable, private connectivity on-demand to support their cloud and network service requirements,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group at Ciena.

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