Chief Executive Officer | episode 456

Equinix CEO Charles Meyers

Charles Meyers is the President and CEO of Equinix, a $5.5 billion internet connection and data center company focused on helping companies break through old IT constraints and find, share, and deliver value in new ways in the digital world. Charles joined the firm in 2010 as the President of Equinix Americas, and he has held a variety of other roles prior to being elevated to his current role. Before joining Equinix, Charles was the Group President at Verisign. May 21, 2020

456: Equinix CEO Charles Meyers discusses the trend for organizations to get out of the data center business, which puts Equinix in a solid position to support CIOs in their digital transformation journey. Charles cites that companies are noticing that building, operating, maintaining, and ensuring that data centers are equipped to meet their go-forward needs is not in line with their differentiation and their capability nor is it the best use of their capital. Instead, they have looked for highly distributed IT infrastructure to meet a variety of needs, and the cloud is playing a large role. We also discuss the benefits Equinix gains from being an internal first user, how the CIO role has evolved to be more customer-facing and strategic, Charles’ takes on AI, IoT, the Digital Edge, and 5G, among other topics.

The reality is that CIOs are now much more customer-facing, and they are a big part of us talking to our customers about what their needs are and how digital transformation is relevant to their business.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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