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Verizon expands global automation capabilities in digital ecosystems

In collaboration with digital infrastructure company Equinix, Verizon is expanding its Software-Defined Interconnect (SDI) solution to allow MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) and Ethernet private networking services to be connected to hundreds of cloud, infrastructure and service providers with automated same-day connectivity.

Massimo Peselli, Senior Vice-President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business, explained, “Organisations are seeking more agile ways of working from anywhere on any device. 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.”

Part of the Verizon Business Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) strategy, the SDI solution was launched in 2019. Since then, Verizon and Equinix have been investing heavily in agile services and expansion into new markets, enabling customers to leverage Verizon’s high-speed network (up to 10 Gbps), coupled with Equinix Fabric, to expand and enhance connectivity to Verizon’s MPLS and Ethernet customers globally.

The scalable bandwidth and provisioning automation are a foundational component of Verizon’s NaaS capabilities being rolled out at Equinix, according to the companies.

Bill Long, Senior Vice-President, Core Product Management, Equinix, added, “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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