Introduction

What is Network Edge?

The Network Edge (NE for short) is a dynamic offer that allows the selection, configuration and activation of virtual network devices and services into production in near real time. 

NE is an open source x86-based infrastructure platform that's optimized for the instant deployment and interconnection of network services. NE enables a variety of use cases where time to market, proximity to the edge of major content and Enterprises services, minimizing touch points and other key requirements are a factor.

If you are familiar with the Equinix Performance Hub offer and reference architecture, think Performance Hub, but virtual.

Product Vision

Our vision is that NE users can perform all of the following in minutes:

  • Select an appropriate network service and vendor to match your immediate or long term needs (e.g. a Cisco router or a Juniper firewall)

  • Choose the right licensing structure that works for your organization (either bring your own license or use Equinix's subscription service)

  • Configure the device with basic settings in the portal or via API

  • Deploy the device in the desired Equinix location around the globe

  • Create connections to other devices, other Equinix services (such as Cloud Exchange Fabric) or access the device directly to implement additional configurations just as you would any other network equipment

Activate Quickly

The plug and play NE solution includes everything you need to start interconnecting to cloud, content and data center assets. 

The platform includes a Network Edge Instance that features:

  • Infrastructure resources that have already been tested with and optimized for your specific device and vendor

  • A pre-configured virtual port into the ECX to connect with service providers and other members of the platform around the globe

  • A small starting amount of dedicated internet access to connect to your devices from anywhere

  • A small block of publicly routable IP Addresses

The platform also has a Network Edge Device that includes:

Once your device is activated, you can use it as the A-end for any connections just like you would a physical port.  To get started, select Create ConnectionConnection is a general term that refers to any solution that results in the ability to pass data from one point to another. Connections can be made with Layer 2 or Layer 3 technology, may involve several parts or components and can be created from the portal or with APIs in a variety of ways. within the portal at any time.

Available Vendors and Device Types 

NE includes access to a marketplace of available device types and vendors. The options may vary depending on time and your location.

Those choices may include traditional routers, firewalls, SDWAN appliances and many others. Navigate through the platform to configure and purchase service components.

Additional Resources

Glossary: An online guide to the language and definitions associated with ECX FabricECX Fabric is an advanced interconnection solution that improves performance by providing a direct, private network connection technology.

Video Resources

1. Creating a device

2. Creating connections from your device

3: Configuring or customizing by logging directly into your device with SSH

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