Equinix's ECX Fabric reveals rise of NSPs

​Network Service Providers (NSPs) in Asia Pacific are increasingly adopting Equinix’s Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric in an effort to access global cloud providers.

By Eleanor Dickinson Feb 26th 2019 A-A+
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Network Service Providers (NSPs) in Asia Pacific are increasingly adopting Equinix’s Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric in an effort to access global cloud providers.

The data centre operator has revealed that more than 5,000 of the fabric’s active virtual connections come from NSP customers, including Telstra, Spectrum Enterprise, Frontier Communications and Axtel.

According to Equinix, NSPs now account for 35 per cent of the fabric’s 14,800 total connections as they attempt to plug end-users’ demand for hybrid multi-clouds.

In addition, its interconnection revenue, which includes ECX Fabric, in APAC reached US$35 million - 13 per cent of the total revenue in the region.

As a software-defined interconnection service, the ECX Fabric allows users to connect between their own infrastructure and any other businesses’, including cloud providers Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud, on Platform Equinix.

The ECX Fabric first went live in Australia from Equinix's Melbourne and Sydney data centres in May last year. 

“We are seeing growing demand among Australian enterprises for hybrid multi-cloud and digital transformation, not only in Australia, but all over the world as they expand their businesses,” Equinix Australia MD Jeremy Deutsch said.

Equinix dramatically increased its presence in Australia with the acquisition of data centre operator Metronode for $1.03 billion in April last year.

The deal allowed Equinix to expand its reach into Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, the latter on which it spent $15 million expanding in order to accommodate ECX Fabric. Following the acquisition, the company boosted the number of its APAC data centres to 40. 

The operator also expanded its centres in Sydney and Melbourne over the past two years, pouring more than $70 million into both.