Experts within Equinix Professional Services have developed reference architectures to help our customers understand the requirements for tethering their IT infrastructure in Equinix to their enterprise data centres. The following deployment scenarios have been tested and refined in Equinix Solution Validation Centres™. The scenarios shown here are based on Equinix Performance Hub™ deployments, which are extension nodes of customers' enterprise networks in Equinix data centres. When evaluating these deployment scenarios, the Performance Hub technology stack in each diagram can be regarded as a representation of your private cloud infrastructure within Equinix.
This deployment scenario shows how to tether an existing enterprise data centre to an Equinix IBX facility using metro-Ethernet for cost-efficient, high-performance Layer 2 connectivity.
Headquarters and branch locations experience no change or disruption in data centre services from their legacy facility. However, companies can deploy or migrate latency-sensitive applications to servers deployed in Equinix data centres, perhaps as a private cloud service. This basic deployment model sets the stage for companies to migrate to hybrid cloud deployments in the future.
In this scenario, companies connect multiple office locations within a metropolitan region to a nearby Equinix IBX data centre. Office locations are connected to Equinix via high-speed local loop or Metro-Ethernet Layer 2 circuits. Companies use these high-capacity, low cost connections to replace costly MPLS and DWDM circuits, enabling them to increase bandwidth and performance while simultaneously reducing network and administrative costs.
Many companies deploy private clouds based on this architecture when hosting latency-sensitive applications in the IBX data centre, such as virtual desktops. By leveraging Equinix's wide connectivity to ISPs, networks and cloud providers, companies can achieve consistent quality of experience across the region.
Companies use this configuration to connect data centre sites and office locations in different geographic regions. Equinix IBX facilities are linked via network services of your choosing or you can leverage the expertise of Equinix Professional Services to help you evaluate, measure and test various connectivity options.
Within Equinix data centres, you get a far greater selection of networking services than would be achievable within your own private enterprise data centre. You can connect your Equinix private cloud infrastructure to a wide range of ISPs, local loop services and long-haul networks, choosing the providers that most efficiently meet your application delivery requirements. Within each region, sites are ideally linked via high-speed local loop or Layer 2 Metro-Ethernet circuits.
Many Equinix customers make the most of their multi-region cloud deployments by also employing them for disaster recovery. In such scenarios, customer IT infrastructure in Equinix data centres can be linked via private circuits such as MPLS services.
The Equinix Performance Hub allows enterprises to connect their wide area network or private cloud to the Equinix network and dramatically improve network speed and application performance.
In today’s economy, companies that can quickly and effectively respond to changing information technology needs have a distinct advantage over those that cannot, by being in a better position to take advantage of new opportunities. And if they can procure and consume only as much as they need with no added waste, they can also save a lot of money.
Building direct, secure and reliable connectivity to cloud service providers with Equinix’s Performance Hub and the Equinix Cloud Exchange allow companies to bypass the concerns of the public Internet and take advantage of the many benefits of cloud computing.