Colocation Firm Digital Realty Unveils New Interconnectivity Solution

Digital Realty

The launch of ServiceFabric, an interconnectivity solution and orchestration platform created to support the wider industry shift to a hybrid, data-centric architecture, is the next step in Digital Realty’s strategy to help its colocation clients unlock trapped value from their data.

ServiceFabric Connect is the first connectivity service introduced as part of DigitalRealty’s new ServiceFabric product line. The orchestration platform, created in-house by Digital Realty, brings together network and cloud connectivity components from various sources, including those from Digital Realty and its partners, to instantiate end-to-end services that customers require to meet their hybrid IT needs and support business objectives. It is currently available to clients in 61 sites and 32 metro markets across North America, Europe, and Asia.

“Today, we’re demonstrating significant progress against our industry manifesto and reiterating the need to remove legacy barriers in the interconnection industry and address data gravity,” said Chris Sharp, CTO at Digital Realty. “We look forward to engaging with industry participants, especially our strategic connectivity and cloud partners, as we shape our roadmap for a next-generation interconnection fabric that will unlock new opportunities and value for all industries. ServiceFabric will incorporate the products of service providers in an open and neutral manner to enable holistic hybrid IT solutions for our enterprise customers. We will be an industry steward championing this shift and, together, we can tackle data gravity head-on and build a new era of open, secure and dynamic connected data communities globally.”

Partners’ Take

Chris Sharp, CTO at Digital Realty.
“ServiceFabric will incorporate the products of service providers in an open and neutral manner to enable holistic hybrid IT solutions for our enterprise customers,” said Chris Sharp, CTO at Digital Realty.

“Since the launch of our strategic partnership in 2016, we have been proud to support Digital Realty with on-demand cloud connectivity that aligns with our shared vision of empowering businesses with rapid and secure interconnection on a global scale,” said Vincent English, CEO at Megaport. “We are excited to support the evolution of Digital Realty’s interconnection services with the announcement of ServiceFabric Connect. Being the first integrated ecosystem partner of ServiceFabric Connect, we are fully committed to continue innovating with Digital Realty to provide customers with a frictionless on-demand interconnection experience.”

“Last July, we announced Zayo’s role in helping power Digital Realty’s next-generation product, PlatformDIGITAL. Today we are taking yet another big step together with the introduction of ServiceFabric Connect, bringing global, secure interconnection to market,” said Steve Smith, CEO at Zayo. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Digital Realty and our combined efforts to enable customers to securely accelerate their digital transformation and global expansion.”

PlatformDIGITAL, the global data center platform from Digital Realty, is a gathering place for businesses with access to wide variety of densely populated connected data communities, including: 1,500+ enterprises, 1,200+ network service providers, and 1,100+ cloud and IT providers, and it is underpinned by ServiceFabric. This would help to address the problems caused by data gravity.

The physical and virtual infrastructure requirements of customers are met by ServiceFabric Connect in a single platform, allowing the same clients to liberate considerable data value that has been imprisoned by linking their data islands. A counterpart connection would enable businesses to connect to anybody, anywhere, at any time using a single port and a worldwide platform.

The launch of this new solution marks the next stage of the company’s roadmap, the evolution of PlatformDIGITAL, and the next step in a series of complementary coverage, connectivity, and service initiatives that Digital Realty is delivering as part of its broader mission to serve client requirements in an increasingly hybrid, data-centric world.