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Equinix CEO: Interconnection Biz Booming, Edge Remains ‘Real, Strategic Question’

January 10, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Equinix’s software-defined interconnection platform now has some 13,000 virtual connections, according to Equinix CEO Charles Meyers. Meyers, who gave a keynote at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, said the company’s interconnection business is booming. “The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, ECX Fabric, has been a huge success for us both in terms of its core metrics on uptake and revenue, and connection,” he said, adding that the platform’s 13,000 virtual connections “is a multiple of anybody else’s in terms of interconnection.” And Meyers scoffed at that the idea of the platform competing with SDN. “It’s a bit befuddling to me that there continues to be so much noise around that — that SDN somehow represent some kind of crazy bear base on interconnection doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “I very much see it as complimentary.”