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‘Everyone is making an attempt to know proper now how they’re going to suit into AI whether or not it’s going to be coaching, whether or not it’s going to be inference. The great thing about all of it is it’s all going to reside and have to be near the information facilities,’ says Lisa Miller, Equinix senior vice chairman of platform alliances and international channel.
With cloud repatriation and the rise of hybrid digital environments, knowledge middle powerhouse Equinix was already positioned for progress earlier than anybody was speaking about generative AI.
However the computational and storage calls for of generative AI at scale play into Equinix’s strongest choices: acres and acres of laptop racks in 251 services, throughout 32 nations and 6 continents.
“The place Equinix is so nicely positioned is we’re now all speaking about the place the information lives,” Lisa Miller, senior vice chairman of platform alliances and international channel at Equinix, informed CRN. “So it doesn’t matter what associate you’re speaking about. Everyone is making an attempt to know proper now how they’re going to suit into AI whether or not it’s going to be coaching, whether or not it’s going to be inference. The great thing about all of it is it’s all going to reside and have to be near the information facilities.”
Equinix gross sales final quarter reached $2.06 billion for 12 p.c yr over yr progress. It’s projecting annual income of between $8.16 billion and $8.20 billion, for as a lot as 15-percent progress versus final yr.
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Miller mentioned the corporate isn’t simply increasing its income. It has introduced partnerships with tech giants Nvidia, NetApp, HPE and VMware.
Equinix and Nvidia introduced “instantaneous AI infrastructure for enterprise clients,” an end-to-end provide with each AI core infrastructure for mannequin coaching with Nvidia DGX and inference and AI edge infrastructure on licensed Nvidia methods construct on Nvidia’s EGX platform.
With NetApp, Equinix may give buyer a full stack, bare-metal-as-a-service, hybrid multi-cloud operations on a unified administration platform. By means of a partnerwhip with HPE and Equinix, clients can lengthen their non-public cloud portfolio inside Equinix’ knowledge facilities, whereas a suggestion with VMware expands the pair’s international cloud providers choices.
“What we discover is after we can create purpose-built options for them that plug right into a story that they’re making an attempt to take to the market, and they’re making a observe round it or a self-discipline round it, that we could be actually profitable,” Miller mentioned.
Miller is Equinix channel chief, accountable for the corporate’s platform alliances, that are its prime strategic and expertise cloud companions, in addition to Equinix international channel.
“That offers me the total breadth of the channel and the cloud,” Miller mentioned.
She talked with CRN about Equinix partnerships, the place its channel companions had been discovering alternative, and the way all fashionable expertise roads converge on the knowledge middle.