Equinix, a global expert in the digital infrastructure sector, is becoming the preferred choice for the deployment of private artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure.
Both enterprises and service providers are leveraging the cloud adjacency, global reach, robust ecosystems, and low-latency interconnection to the world’s networks offered by Equinix. Corporations such as Harrison.ai and Tape Ark are among the Australian organisations utilising Equinix's infrastructure to provide private AI services for their customers.
As businesses increase their use of public AI models for knowledge exploitation and intelligence gathering, a private environment is often required to maintain control of confidential or sensitive data. Equinix offers the necessary infrastructure for the operation of private AI, preserving valuable business data from entering the public domain, offering risk protection and capitalising on the advantages of trained AI models.
Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President for Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC, stressed the heightened need for a "non-public environment" as businesses aim to harness AI for a competitive edge. He cited the "extensive global reach, network density and cloud adjacency" offered by Equinix as well-positioned to support businesses with their digital demands.
Jon Lin, EVP and General Manager, Data Centre Services at Equinix, emphasised the benefits of private AI. Businesses need not sacrifice data privacy, performance or predictable costs for the power of AI. "Companies are turning to Equinix as 'the place where private AI happens," stated Lin. This is due to their ability to place computing resources closer to data, simultaneously taking advantage of public cloud capabilities.
Among the customer deployments at Equinix, Harrison.ai has been addressing inequitable diagnosis and treatment issues with their rapidly-developed AI tools, necessary for reducing model training time and accelerating the machine learning development process while protecting confidential patient data. Tape Ark leverages Equinix's secure digital infrastructure to process data anywhere around the world while adhering to data sovereignty regulations with archival content.
i3D.net, a European gaming company, uses AI to maintain game integrity, identifying cheating players through modern statistical analysis. By stationing in over 35 Equinix locations, i3D.net can protect its user data through close proximity to users and low-latency network connectivity. Likewise, Crusoe Energy has positioned networking nodes at Equinix to utilise multicloud on-ramps and low-latency network connectivity across multiple locations.
According to IDC, by 2025, organisations among the Global 2000 will assign more than 40% of their core IT expenditures to AI-related initiatives, leading to a double-digit growth in the rate of product and process innovations.
Since 2021, Equinix has partnered with NVIDIA on NVIDIA AI LaunchPad, providing enterprises immediate access to NVIDIA-powered infrastructure to streamline the AI lifecycle. This collaboration allows access to a comprehensive smorgasbord of NVIDIA resources, supporting every aspect of AI, ranging from data centre training to full-scale edge deployment.