Network Edge User Guide

What is Network Edge?

Network Edge (NE) 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 is 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, NE is like a virtual Performance Hub.

Product Vision

NE users can perform the following in minutes:

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

  • Choose the right licensing structure that works for your organization (either bring your own license or use the Equinix 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 a device is activated, use it as the A-end for any connections just like a physical port. To get started, click 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.

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