How to see the world more clearly through interconnection


Interconnection is the fuel of digital business, and organizations must understand its power if they hope to handle the global digital economy’s increasing demands. For such a pivotal business enabler, interconnection has long been tough to quantify. But new research from the company I work for, Equinix, does just that by looking at installed interconnection bandwidth capacity and projected growth. The Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix and sourced from multiple analyst reports, is an industry-first look at how interconnection bandwidth is shaping and scaling the digital world. It aims to give digital business the insight needed to prepare for tomorrow. 

Interconnection bandwidth is defined in the report as a measure of the total capacity provisioned to privately and directly exchange traffic with a diverse set of counterparties and providers at distributed IT exchange points. For instance, a region with heavy projected interconnection bandwidth growth would most likely host various colocated companies that use or deliver digital services, such as cloud, making it a good place for a business to try, buy or sell services, or exchange data traffic with partners and customers.

The Global Interconnection Index was created by analyzing the global colocation market, including thousands of colocation participants worldwide, and then breaking down interconnection capacity by category, including region, industry and use case. Predictive models were then applied to forecast interconnection capacity, per category, until the year 2020. The data is comprehensive and relevant. Companies can use the Global Interconnection Index’s insights to devise interconnection strategies that consider both current conditions and coming trends in ways that maximize flexible, agile and scalable interconnectivity to capture new opportunities.  

Some of the Global Interconnection Index highlights include:

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