May 12, 2021

Equinix Launches Montreal As Second Metro to Offer Equinix Fabric in Canada

The expanded offering will empower Canadian businesses to scale and digitize their operations at software speeds

TORONTO, ON., May 12, 2021 -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced that in its continued effort to bring the full value of Platform Equinix and its portfolio of solutions to businesses across Canada,  it will be expanding Equinix Fabric to Montreal.  With Equinix Fabric, customers will be able to connect their digital infrastructure and services to any other company's infrastructure on Platform Equinix ® at software speed via secure, software-defined interconnection.

As the first expansion of Equinix Fabric to key metros since Equinix’s expansion across the country, today’s announcement is the next step in Equinix’s mission to bring the Best of Equinix to Canada and provide a platform for Digital Leaders to bring the best of Canada to the rest of the world. Equinix continues to solidify its position as the industry’s largest infrastructure ecosystem by giving customers more ways to directly connect with leading service providers and partners at global scale.

According to Equinix’s latest Global Tech Trends Survey, nearly half (46%) of digital leaders in Canada have accelerated their digital transformation plans as a result of COVID-19, while 40% said their budgets have been increased to satisfy the rapid growth in digital demands. In response, Equinix selected Montreal as the first new metro in Canada to offer Equinix Fabric in 2021.​

Digital business growth is driving the need for network optimization. Customers need to transform their network architecture while distributing digital infrastructure in strategic locations to support local interconnection between user services, data, clouds and ecosystem partners.  Business ecosystem connectivity is driving the need for application exchange. Customers need access to an agile digital infrastructure platform that provides the high density of secure connections and the richest global ecosystems.

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Equinix Fabric is a software-defined interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and to any other company's infrastructure on Platform Equinix. With Equinix Fabric integration built into both Network Edge and Equinix Metal over the trusted Equinix platform, digital leaders can bring together all the right places, partners and possibilities to create the foundational infrastructure needed to succeed. Currently, Equinix Fabric supports approximately 31,100 customer connections, representing 29 percent year-over-year growth in this past year.
  • Equinix Fabric will be available to Quebec-based customers as of today.
  • Montreal joins Toronto as the second metro within Canada to offer Equinix Fabric.
  • With the addition of this new market, Equinix Fabric is available today in 50 strategic metros across five continents including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Barcelona, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Culpeper, Dallas, Denver, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Perth, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo,  Warsaw, Washington D.C., and Zurich.
  • By the end of 2021, Equinix expects to have Equinix Fabric available in a total of 56 strategic markets globally and in four additional Canadian metros, including Calgary, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Quotes:

  • Andrew Eppich, Managing Director, Equinix Canada

“The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation plans, placing pressure on businesses across Canada to digitize their operations and infrastructure like never before.  Solving these challenges requires a new approach, not incremental increases in bandwidth or network services. It requires the ability to assemble foundational infrastructure in minutes, on demand, from interconnected ecosystems of providers on a global platform. Montreal is a vital economic hub for Canada’s telecommunications, transportation and gaming sectors. This expansion represents a major milestone in our investment and commitment to empower Canadian businesses by offering more possibilities to connect with agility, speed and confidence.”

  • Jason Bremner, Research Vice President, IDC

“Montreal is a key economic center for the telecommunications and transportation industries within Canada. As organizations in these sectors rethink their infrastructure strategies, digital infrastructure providers can serve as trusted IT partners in times of transformation. Equinix is in a unique position with its global interconnected fabric between its datacenters to allow enterprises to scale their own applications globally, with an integrated and consistent deployment and management experiences across all locations in Canada and abroad.”

“Partnering with Equinix allows HPE to deliver HPE GreenLake, the cloud that comes to you, to a broader set of customers to support their digital transformation and modernization efforts.  HPE can now deliver a cloud experience to Canadian customers, in an Equinix datacenter, with the full benefit of Equinix’s cloud adjacency, private/on-demand interconnection speed and security.  Together, this platform for cloud transformation requires minimal migration costs, lowers latency and reduces public cloud egress/bandwidth costs, while combining the simplicity and agility of the public cloud with the flexibility and control of a hybrid environment.  HPE is excited to support this first build out in Montreal and the expansion plans across Canada.”

Partnering with Equinix allows HPE, through its GreenLake offering, to deliver our jointly-unique and functionally-superior Hybrid Multi-Cloud to customers.  As respective market leaders, our customers can benefit from Equinix’s cloud adjacency, private/on-demand interconnection speed and security, and business ecosystems, and from HPE’s unmatched SAP expertise gained from 30,000 SAP deployments and delivered through GreenLake hybrid cloud.  The result is a platform free of public cloud egress/bandwidth costs that are driving growing numbers of repatriations, delivering minimal latency, and the solution with a full palate of private and public cloud access and control unlike any solution in the market today. 

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