Equinix joins ngena

Oct 5, 2017

Equinix joins the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance “ngena” as technology partner

Equinix extends ngena’s global service portfolio with Platform Equinix™

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — October 5, 2017 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it is one of the key technology partners of the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance “ngena” which recently launched its SD-WAN++ based hybrid VPN service with a first set of standardized Access Designs and VPN functionalities. ngena comes with a completely new business model and new SDN-enabled technology in a greenfield setting, sharing network assets of trusted service providers. With ngena, the alliance partners pave the way for a truly globalized economy.

The number and reach of global enterprises is rising continuously and they demand comprehensive and worldwide reliable connectivity. Telecommunications service providers around the world are facing the difficult task of meeting the constantly growing needs of such clients with their current offerings. To address this challenge, leading international telecommunications service providers have joined ngena, an alliance based on the principle of sharing network assets between partners globally. ngena’s solution combines an innovative business model with a state-of-the-art service delivery platform based on Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), service orchestration and process automation. The ngena VPN service offering also includes a broad variety of additional value-added-services. ngena’s approach is progressive and based on a global service catalogue as well as end-to-end automated service deployment and assurance, and will shake up today’s VPN service delivery methods, which are based on legacy networks that involve extensive manual processes.

As one of the key technology partners, Equinix is joining ngena in paving the way for a globalized economy. One of the main components of the partnership between ngena and Equinix is the deployment of colocation services across Equinix’s global network of IBX data centers, thus extending ngena’s coverage in certain regions and countries. Equinix’s facilities in Frankfurt are of particular importance as the networks’ control function will be located within Equinix’s IBX data centers in Frankfurt.

With this cooperation, ngena will also be adding Equinix Cloud Exchange™ to its service portfolio, giving ngena members and their customers access to hybrid cloud solutions within Equinix data centers.

Highlights / Key Facts

– With its unique business model and new SDN-enabled technology in a greenfield setting, ngena provides network services to business customers, realized on complementary partner networks around the globe. ngena’s architecture is based on the sharing of network assets using cloud and virtualization technology to provide hybrid VPN services. This will allow multinational customers of each member of the alliance to have a global network: secure, easy to use, stable, scalable and less complex while being supported by the network of each local alliance member.

– With more than 180 IBX data centers in over 44 markets, Equinix has the global reach to support ngena in many regions.

– Through the partnership, Equinix enhances ngena’s service portfolio with Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks across the globe. ngena alliance members and their customers will benefit from direct access to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions. Equinix Cloud Exchange offers software-defined direct connections to multiple cloud services from a single physical port at both Layer 2 and Layer 3, so enterprises can easily access cloud-based services.


  • Marcus Hacke, Founder & Managing Director of ngena:

“We are pleased to welcome Equinix at ngena. Equinix Cloud Exchange is a state-of-the-art interconnection solution and will provide futureproof services to connect public cloud services to the ngena global network services.”

  • Donald Badoux, Managing Director Equinix Germany:

“The announcement of ngena has created quite the stir within the industry. It surely is an exciting project with many great partners and members – we are thrilled to be one of them. For us in Germany, the partnership is of special importance as the central hub will be placed in our Frankfurt facilities.”

  • Brian Lillie, Chief Product Officer, Equinix:

“ngena’s services take complexity out of running a business network and provide a simpler way for customers to respond to rapidly changing requirements. Equinix brings the global reach to support ngena in deploying this innovative offer. By deploying at Equinix, ngena can leverage unique ecosystems of carriers and cloud providers, providing customers a more agile way to meet their network and infrastructure needs.”

Additional Resources

Software-Defined Infrastructure and Advanced Networking Expand: 2017 Connected Enterprise Prediction #6

SD-WAN Whitepaper

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers.  In 44 markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. http://www.equinix.com/.

The author

Jörg Wassink

From August 2017 until June 2019, Jörg was the Head of Marketing at Frankfurt-based telecommunications start-up ngena, the ‘Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance’, where he is responsible for building a global brand for the international telco alliance. Before joining ngena, he worked as Head of Communications Central Europe at British Cloud software vendor Sage Group plc for more than 10 years. From 2004 to 2007 he acted as Director Internal & External Communications at British telco operator COLT Telecom. Jörg, who holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, started his career as a journalist for the German IT-business magazine iCONOMY. 

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