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Equinix and CommScope's Successful Collaboration on a Time-Sensitive Forex Project

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 Equinix and CommScope's Successful Collaboration on a Time-Sensitive Forex Project - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - Ethernet
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Use Cases
  • Time Sensitive Networking
  • System Integration
The Customer
About The Customer
Equinix is a global company founded in 1998 that specializes in providing multi-tenant data center space and interconnection services. They operate data centers in 52 markets across 24 countries on five continents. Their services enable global interconnection between organizations and their employees, customers, partners, data, and clouds. Equinix serves some of the world's largest forex service providers, offering them the infrastructure necessary for high-speed, secure trading. The company is known for its technical expertise and ability to handle complex projects, as demonstrated by the successful completion of this forex trading project.
The Challenge
The world of foreign exchange (forex) trading is a high-stakes, high-speed environment where milliseconds can equate to millions of dollars. Equinix, a provider of multi-tenant data center space and interconnection services for some of the world's largest forex service providers, was approached by a client in late 2015 with a complex challenge. The client required fast, secure connections for forex trading, latency equalization for a level playing field, and the installation of an underground Outside Plant (OSP) without the ability to test before deployment. The project was further complicated by a tight deadline and zero margin for error, necessitating a flawless partnership and high degree of technical expertise.
The Solution
Recognizing the technical complexity of the project, Equinix partnered with CommScope, a company they had collaborated with on numerous multi-tenant data center (MTDC) projects over the years. In June 2017, Equinix became the first partner to sign on to CommScope’s MTDC Alliance, a cooperative program that includes six of the largest MTDC providers and nearly 100 service, installation, and integration partners worldwide. This familiarity between the two companies was crucial to the project's success. CommScope engineers tackled the technical issues while Equinix focused on logistics and keeping their service provider’s team updated. The use of CommScope's MTDC Alliance, Platform Equinix, High Count Ribbon Fiber, and Rack-Mounted Fiber Panels were key components of the solution.
Operational Impact
  • The successful completion of the project has significant implications for high-speed financial platforms and their trading partners, demonstrating that latency equalization in the outside plant is achievable. The project also reaffirmed the value of working partnerships, such as the one between CommScope and Equinix, and within the MTDC Alliance. The high degree of communication between the teams at all levels was noted as a key factor in the project's success, enabling potential barriers to be removed and the project timeline to be met. This case study serves as a testament to the effectiveness of such collaborations in overcoming complex technical challenges.

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