Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.), a global provider of mission critical communications, is collaborating with Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, to become a one-stop shop for global enterprises that require best-of-breed data centre services.
This collaboration will strengthen C&W Worldwide's existing cloud capabilities and will be a springboard from which the company will deliver a comprehensive suite of data centre services, such as co-location, managed hosting and cloud computing services to global customers.
Gartner predicts that, by 2015, 50 percent of Global 1000 enterprises will rely on external cloud-computing services for their top 10 revenue-generating processes. C&W Worldwide's hybrid cloud offering, which brings together the best of managed hosting, multi-tenant and private cloud deployments, will help companies reduce complexity, minimise infrastructure costs and increase business agility. The company already offers a Flexible Computing product in the UK that has been successfully deployed with clients in industries such as facilities management, IT services, media, retail and financial services.
"Telcos are natural providers of enterprise-class infrastructure services. Our ambition is to create an ecosystem of best-of-breed solutions from different service providers that can deliver a flexible and risk free cloud computing roadmap for customers," said Nick Lambert, managing director, wholesale, mid-markets and global markets, C&W Worldwide.
He added, "Equinix is the ideal company for us to collaborate with because its footprint of data centres closely aligns with our global network. Both companies share a complementary vision to deliver reliable, on-demand services that will enable some of the largest organisations to transit into a world-class cloud computing and communications environment."
"Our global relationship with Cable&Wireless Worldwide is testament to the value of Platform Equinix™ for enabling network service providers to easily expand their service reach to access new revenue opportunities," said Samuel Lee, Equinix President, Asia-Pacific. "As part of our growing network ecosystem of more than 680 network service providers, C&W Worldwide has access to our global platform of 99 data centres, while customers have a broad choice of best-in-class network providers to meet their telecommunications needs."
Enterprise customers can expect a complete approach to service management with a single point of accountability for the company's network and hosted computing infrastructure. C&W Worldwide and Equinix will help customers deal with the complexities of supporting a geographically diverse operation, so that customers can focus on their core business and respond rapidly to changing market conditions and emerging opportunities.