US-based global data center company Equinix today announced the availability of Equinix Performance Hub in Asia Pacific -- a new solution that combines elements of data centers, networking infrastructure and connectivity, and cloud computing access.

The Performance Hub will extend the private enterprise network into an Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center. This enables enterprises to connect to network and cloud service providers securely and reliably, using their own infrastructure, or off-the-shelf equipment supplied as part of a bundled offer.

It is expected the new performance hub would to improve application performance and deliver a globally consistent quality of experience to end users.

Early adopters of Equinix Performance Hub include Chevron, eBay, and Nvidia.

Equinix Performance Hub deployments include: 1) Equinix IBX data center hosting -- Cabinets, power, and cross connects; 2) Network connectivity -- Metro-Ethernet, long-haul (MPLS-VPN), ISP; 3) Network equipment -- Routing, switching, firewalls, SSL-VPN, load-balancers, WAN-acceleration; and 4) Cloud connectivity -- Private, high-bandwidth connectivity to leading public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Windows Azure.

Potential uses

Potential uses of Equinix Performance Hub for distributed companies include:

  • Transform their WAN to improve performance while reducing costs and benefit from the wide choice of available carriers;
  • Improve performance of collaborative, real-time business applications such as VDI, Microsoft SharePoint, and WebEx, where information is being shared across a distributed employee or end-user population;
  • Explore options to simplify their network and obtain private and secure connectivity between the public cloud and owned infrastructure, including enabling hybrid cloud deployments;
  • Renegotiate their WAN service provider agreements to leverage network choice; and
  • Only Equinix can put enterprises closer to their end users in 32 strategic markets and connect them to more than 975+ networks and 450+ cloud service providers to better serve their distributed workforce.

"We are consistently hearing from AP enterprises in the insurance, financial and legal industries, among others, that they are struggling to deal with the strain on application and network performance and how to provide a consistent quality of experience to their distributed workforce," said David Wilkinson, senior director & AP lead, Global Enterprise & Financial Services at Equinix, Equinix.

"By redefining their data center strategy to include Performance Hubs located closer to end users, enterprises can strategically leverage their data center to maximize network performance."