Equinix’s Ethernet Exchange Adds Global Capacity

July 30th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Global Capacity is expanding its One Marketplace platform into eight Equinix facilities where it is interconnecting with the Equinix Ethernet Exchange. The two have signed a solution partner agreement which will enable automation of Ethernet pricing and delivery across the two platforms.

It's interesting, because Global Capacity's own offerings incorporate much of the underlying technology of an Ethernet exchange, although with a different business model in mind and with other layers of the network involved. Tapping into an actual Ethernet Exchange will boost their connectivity universe and thus reach both more potential customers and more network destinations in one stroke.  Given that they're doing this across eight facilities, it's clearly far more than a trial run.

The business models involving Ethernet Exchange technologies have gone through many changes over the past few years. Equinix's offering is perhaps the one that has been forced to evolve the least. It was intelligently aimed as a complementary piece of Equinix's ecosystem with indirect benefits to the rest of their revenue sources more than as a direct revenue generator of its own.  Teaming up with Global Capacity's infrastructure in this way can only improve that effect.

On Equinix's European front, Kontiki is expanding to the UK by taking space at the LD5 campus.  They'll be looking to build their European customer base for cloud-based video services with some closer infrastructure.  They had already been in Equinix's SV1, SV3, and SV5 facilities out in Silicon Valley.

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