Equinix, Inc. has announced that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the global, member-supported organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Membership provides Equinix opportunities to engage and contribute to innovation, best practices and evolution initiatives the industrial internet is achieving.

"Interconnection acts as a central nervous system for the Internet of Things, enabling all vital functions for achieving efficiency and agility. Equinix, with the IIC, will help make this happen. We are excited to partner with the high-caliber companies of the IIC and enable enterprises to capitalize on their data and make the Internet of Things a thriving and trusted reality," said Ryan Mallory, global vice president, solution enablement, at Equinix.

Interconnection is paramount for the success, growth and security of the Internet of Things. The industrial internet, in particular, has unique and well-defined sets of technical and business requirements for data collection, data retention, analytics and hybrid compute which are ideally suited for an Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA™), like those deployed inside Equinix data centers. Additionally, proximity between people, information systems, data and analytics systems that require analytical and machine-learned information in real time is essential for an agile IoT architecture. With 145+ data centers in 40 markets worldwide, Equinix provides pivotal interconnection solution enablement for enterprise organizations to execute the full potential of the Internet of Things.

The Industrial Internet Consortium is a global, member-supported, organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things by coordinating ecosystem initiatives to securely connect, control and integrate assets and systems of assets with people, processes and data using common architectures, interoperability and open standards to deliver transformational business and societal outcomes across industries and public infrastructure.

With more than 145 data centers across 40 markets around the world, Equinix provides critical key participants of IoT ecosystems with an ideal platform to scale their offerings around the world enabling and supporting an accelerating customer demand.  The Equinix Cloud Exchange – with direct private and secure connections to all leading cloud providers through multiple geo diverse ports – is available now in 21 markets globally including – Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Osaka, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.