Verizon Expands Software-Defined Interconnect in Collaboration with Equinix

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Since the debut of Verizon’s Software-Defined Interconnect (SDI) in 2019, Verizon and Equinix have collaborated to improve Verizon’s capabilities to deal with the pandemic’s rapid shift in digital transformation journeys for enterprises and governments. The SDI service will now offer Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN wide area networks, as well as same-day deployment of Private IP to Equinix’s colocation environments.

Verizon Business is extending its Software-Defined Interconnect solution, which now allows global enterprises and government agencies to connect their MPLS and Ethernet private networking services to hundreds of cloud, infrastructure, and service providers with automated, same-day connectivity.

Verizon identified altering market expectations and worked together with global colocation company Equinix to enhance this solution to satisfy changing worldwide needs. Verizon’s clients can now benefit from faster network service activation, lower access charges, and enhanced networking agility. The SDI solution is part of the Verizon Business Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) strategy.

Clients can now use Verizon’s high-speed network (up to 10 Gbps) in conjunction with Equinix Fabric to extend and improve connectivity to Verizon’s MPLS and Ethernet customers around the world. Verizon’s NaaS capabilities, which are being rolled out at Equinix, include scalable bandwidth and provisioning automation.

Network-as-a-Service

Photo Massimo Peselli, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business
“To take advantage of new solutions built on 5G, from real-time data analytics and AI, to enhanced security and AR/VR, organizations need a flexible, programmable, scalable and reliable platform that delivers network services in a much more resilient and cloud-centric way,” said Massimo Peselli, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business.

“Organizations are seeking more agile ways of working from anywhere on any device,” said Massimo Peselli, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business. “To take advantage of new solutions built on 5G, from real-time data analytics and AI, to enhanced security and AR/VR, they need a flexible, programmable, scalable and reliable platform that delivers network services in a much more resilient and cloud-centric way than traditional network infrastructures. Equinix is a trusted strategic partner who helps enable our Network-as-a-Service approach to managed services, and this SDI expansion provides our customers with the agility they need to meet their needs as they migrate to the cloud.”

Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) is a global provider of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a global footprint, Verizon had $128.3 billion in sales in 2020.

“As enterprise and public sector companies continue to digitally transform, they require network delivery solutions that are globally consistent, aligned with industry standards and delivered as-a-Service in order to create digital advantage,” said Bill Long, Senior Vice President, Core Product Management, Equinix. “To meet these needs, over the past two years, Verizon and Equinix have been delivering to the market 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. By expanding the global automation and connectivity capabilities of the Verizon SDI solution, customers can now take advantage of the Equinix Fabric interconnection service and Verizon’s Network-as-a-Service offering to privately and securely connect their digital supply chain ecosystems including wireline, wireless 5G and public cloud networks.”

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