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Discovery Communications chooses Equinix

Discovery Communications has engaged with Equinix to implement an Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA™) that will enable the company to transform its digital business to a fully cloud-based, distributed model. 

By colocating the company’s IT infrastructure in Equinix International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers in Ashburn, London and Paris, Discovery will consolidate 80% of its IT infrastructure, optimize delivery of worldwide content, and accelerate real-time product delivery via fast low-latency connections.

Discovery Communications satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching more than three billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery was looking to accelerate its real-time product delivery to meet rising end-user consumption demand, and to integrate IT infrastructure from Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe.

The deployment process includes consolidation of 80% of Discovery’s critical back-office support systems, applications and network connectivity, and it provides access to Equinix Media Cloud Ecosystem for Entertainment(EMCEE™) which supplies a gateway to media services in the public cloud.

Leveraging an IOA on Platform Equinix™, Discovery gained a localized delivery of cloud-supported services with secure, direct connections to effectively reduce cost. Developed by Equinix, IOA is a proven and repeatable engagement model that shifts the fundamental IT delivery architecture from siloed and centralized to interconnected and distributed. Only Platform Equinix provides the critical building blocks to implement this architecture – a global footprint of data centers, dense cloud and service provider ecosystems, and the ability to integrate data and analytics at the edge.

Equinix’s global interconnection platform provides media and entertainment companies with industry-leading solutions including Equinix Cloud Exchange, which provides direct access to major cloud service providers including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Softlayer, and Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

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