Ericsson is extending its partnership with Equinix to offer IT managed services leveraging the Equinix Performance Hub solution.
The Equinix solution provides an affordable, low-risk approach to improve network and application performance while reducing bandwidth costs by up to 40%. Ericsson will add a full range of managed services to address network transformation and optimisation to meet network operators’ changing business needs.
Ericsson will be responsible for products and services driven via its integrated operations centre including business process operations, application development and management, cloud/hybrid services, managed SDN/NFV operations, data centre build and management, IT infrastructure management, managed enterprise Wi-Fi, as well as other hosting-dedicated solutions. Ericsson will also provide additional “as-a-Service” (aaS) offerings as an extension of its managed services capabilities.
This announcement follows the collaboration between the companies to deploy Ericsson’s Unified Delivery Network (UDN) solution and Ericsson aaS offerings in Equinix data centres in more than 20 markets. Ericsson has also joined the Equinix channel partner programme as a reseller.
Courtney Munroe, group VP, worldwide telecommunications at IDC, said: “As global businesses undergo digital transformation, they are increasingly turning to data centre colocation environments to deploy IT infrastructure and connect to the cloud.
“For operators, network performance remains a top priority as more and more devices come online and more data hits the network. WAN optimisation solutions strategically deployed near end users can dramatically increase network performance and provide a better user experience.”
Peter Laurin, head of business area managed services, Ericsson, said: “Ericsson will increase its ecosystem and complement its managed services offering by partnering with Equinix to modernise, automate and consolidate data centers, infrastructure and operations at sustainable cost and with faster time to market.
“This will provide our customers with the best speed, latency, security and reliability.”
Greg Adgate, VP of global alliances, Equinix, said: “Digitisation will create an estimated $2T in value over the next decade, but to successfully capture this opportunity, remain competitive, create unique experiences and manage costs, operators need to reinvent themselves, their processes, infrastructures and business models. This partnership allows Ericsson to deliver an end-to-end offer to support customers’ digital transformation initiatives, delivered with Ericsson’s technology platforms and managed services.”