Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Software continues to eat the world, and it’s about to take a bigger bite out of data center interconnection. Equinix will shift its entire global network to software-defined networking technology that will allow customers to easily provision connections through a customer portal. This will make it easier for most customers to exchange traffic with networks and partners, and even across data centers and regions, the company said.

Equinix is the world’s largest provider of colocation services, with 190 data centers in 48 cities, and calls today’s announcement “the next phase in the evolution of its global platform.” The company’s decision marks a dramatic expansion of the software-defined networking (SDN) technology used in the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX).

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