The mass market computing era took off in the ’80s, sparking unprecedented productivity gains. IBM made mainframes a must-have for corporations, and “Wintel” democratized computing. But when it came to connectivity, there were still significant limits. Prior to the computing era of the 80s, the automated capturing, processing and distributing of data only happened on a proprietary computer-by-computer basis. As a result, information still needed to be manually moved from system-to-system via tape or disk.
Businesses needed a new breed of connectivity to succeed. Data networks grew with the mass market adoption of PCs, transforming computers from standalone boxes to connected systems. File servers and local area networks (LANs) made it faster and easier to share information. Telecommunications companies laid new network lines that circled the globe many times over. As more people, companies and information became connected via networks, the groundwork was laid for the biggest transformation of all: the Internet.
In the connected era, networks at last evolved into open thoroughfares for transmitting information around the world. People could access data beyond their own PC, LAN or WAN, quickly shrinking the distance between businesses. Founded in 1998 as a vendor-neutral environment where providers could come together and “peer” to exchange information, Equinix helped scale the Internet by enabling companies around the world to connect and collaborate. The networked era ultimately morphed into a time of constant “anytime, anywhere” connectivity, made possible by new mobile, cloud and social media technologies.
A new era is dawning in our digital economy: the interconnected era. In a world where cloud dominates and enterprise business models are interdependent, the demands placed on connectivity have reached a new high. That’s because companies now forge advantage by collaborating in communities with other enterprises via secure, reliable and internetworked connections among many participants. To compete and succeed – today's businesses need interconnection, a form of connectivity that’s instant, direct, massively scalable and increasingly more flexible, secure and reliable than its predecessors.