Digital is reshaping how business is done
We are at the cusp of a completely new age in global economics, with organizations redefining their activities and their sectors on the basis of digitalization. Digital transformation is not a single step, but a continual process, encompassing more and more aspects of business processes and business models. Even organizations that are already digital will become increasingly more digital over time, and need a new interconnection service regime for the services they will be rolling out over the next few years. New and transformative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G are accelerating the pace of change in markets around the globe.

Digital is redefining products and transforming business models
Long-established digital companies are changing their business models and entering into new industry sectors. The classic network operator as the historical core customer of DE-CIX is no longer just a network operator. Tech companies are entering different sectors and the variety of different products is increasing. We no longer have the clear delineation of network operators that we had even five years ago.

But it’s not only the digital companies that are undergoing transformation. Old industry is redefining itself and its products in the digital era. If we take the automotive industry as an example, they no longer talk about the technical specifications, they talk about intelligent systems. The car company of the future will not sell just wheels, it will sell digital services and applications. The car is being transformed into a digital platform for different services.

Another example of sectors undergoing change is banking and financial services. Digital companies as diverse as the hardware manufacturers Apple and Samsung as well as telecommunications companies have moved into the areas of payment solutions and/or online banking. Organizations are leveraging their digital strength to reshape their own business models, in turn transforming how business is done within and across entire sectors.

Digital markets demand high-performance, flexible, and customized interconnection
For this reason, DE-CIX platforms and ecosystems need to be able to cater for a variety of different services. The interconnection regime in the future will require flexibility in terms of different interconnection models and will need to cater for different types of interconnection needs, such as peering, cloud connectivity, security services, private federations with specific SLAs and security policies, and many more.

DE-CIX: Growing vibrant ecosystems to serve customers’ diverse needs in connectivity market places across the globe
DE-CIX has created extremely successful and vibrant interconnection ecosystems. We are using these ecosystems to introduce new services following the path of innovation, disruption and neutrality. At the heart of the DE-CIX strategy is the continued promotion of the direct, cost-efficient and resource-efficient use of interconnection.

DE-CIX around the world – geographically placed where our customers need us to be
To date, we have created and are growing thirteen Internet Exchanges on four continents, including Europe, North America, the Middle East, and India. Our goal for the coming years is to enable new and existing ecosystems in all major telecommunication markets across the globe. The geographic coverage of DE-CIX, paired with the variety of different interconnection services, will allow connected networks – whether they are acting regionally, in domestic markets, or globally – to get DE-CIX interconnection services customized to their needs from both a geographical perspective and in terms of their respective business models.

Classic network operators as we know them today are historically the core for DE-CIX and remain key to DE-CIX’s activities. However, we see a need for new interconnection services for enterprises coupled with cloud connectivity and with global interconnection needs.

We invite everybody who is digital today, or who is on the road to digitalization, to think about new ways of using our interconnection services. The DE-CIX ecosystems as a whole, and the participants within these ecosystems, create the ideas together with us to map the journey into an interconnected digital world.