Verizon expands capabilities in automation with Equinix collaboration

Verizon Business is expanding its Software-Defined Interconnect (SDI) solution, enabling global enterprise and public sector clients to connect their MPLS and ethernet private networks to hundreds of cloud, infrastructure and service providers with automated, same-day connectivity.

Together with Equinix, a digital infrastructure company, they recognised shifting market demands and worked to expand this solution to meet changing global clients’ needs.

Verizon Business and Equinix offer an SDI solution

Clients get quick activation of network services, lower access costs and increased networking agility. The SDI solution is part of the Verizon Business Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) strategy.

“Organisations are seeking more agile ways of working from anywhere on any device to take advantage of new solutions built on 5G.”

“From real-time data analytics and AI, to enhanced security and AR/VR, companies need a flexible, programmable, scalable and reliable platform that delivers 5G network services.”

“They prefer resilient and cloud-centric solutions than traditional network infrastructures,” said Massimo Peselli, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business.

“Equinix is a strategic partner to enable our NaaS approach to managed services. The SDI expansion gives our clients the agility needed to meet requirements to migrate to the cloud.” 

Verizon and Equinix have enhanced Verizon’s capabilities to handle the drastic shift in digital transformation journeys for enterprise and Public Sector due to the pandemic.

The service initially included same day provisioning of Private IP to Equinix’s colocation environments and will now support Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN wide area networks.

Verizon and Equinix have invested heavily in agile services and expansion into new markets.

This enables customers to leverage Verizon’s high-speed network (up to 10 Gbps), coupled with Equinix Fabric, to expand and enhance connectivity to Verizon’s MPLS and Ethernet.

The scalable bandwidth and provisioning automation are a foundational component of Verizon’s NaaS capabilities being rolled out at Equinix.

Comments on the Verizon Business SDI solution

“Companies continue to digitally transform and require network delivery that is globally consistent, aligned with industry standards and delivered as-a-Service to create digital advantage,” said Bill Long, Senior Vice President, Core Product Management, Equinix.

“Verizon and Equinix have been delivering a software-defined interconnection solution that helps customers interconnect their foundational infrastructures, and this next round of evolution incorporates the next-generation of features our customers demand.” 

“Global automation and connectivity capabilities of the Verizon SDI solution takes advantage of the Equinix Fabric interconnection service and Verizon’s NaaS offering to privately and securely connect their supply chain ecosystems like wireline, 5G and public cloud networks.”

Brian Washburn, Research Director with Omdia said, “Companies are working through major changes in connection between data centers, networks, and cloud hosting services.”

Verizon’s expansion of SDI capability is a good example of how networks can adapt at the speed that businesses build and migrate applications.”

Verizon was recently named the 2020 Equinix Social Impact and Trailblazer Awards winner.