23 November 2009
Equinix Signs Up Three Additional Carriers to Ethernet Exchange Development Program
European-based Exponential-e, Hibernia Atlantic and Tinet to Participate in First Carrier-Neutral Ethernet Exchange
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - November 23, 2009 at Capacity Europe 2009 - Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that European-based carriers Exponential-e, Hibernia Atlantic and Tinet have signed up to participate in the recently announced Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform, a development program to define enhanced solutions for the exchange of data traffic between carriers providing Ethernet services.
These new European-based participants bring the total number of carriers involved in the global program up to nine. A list of the initial participants is available at http://www.equinix.com/news/press/na/2009/news-5144/.
The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange program will establish a platform for multi-provider carrier Ethernet interconnection that meets Metro Ethernet Forum standards. The project focuses on Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) as well as complementary features to enable a variety of benefits to participants. The initial deployment locations include London, New York, Chicago and Silicon Valley at Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers.
“In order to offer Ethernet WAN solutions outside of our own geographical service area we currently need to establish separate interconnection relationships with other carriers on an individual basis; this process is both complex and time-consuming,” said Mukesh Bavisi, VP of Engineering at Exponential-e. “Equinix already plays a strategic role in our peering relationships with other Tier 1 service providers, so it is a natural choice that we leverage its carrier-rich interconnection hubs to develop an Ethernet interconnection infrastructure.”
“At Tinet, we are focused on helping local and regional service providers fulfill their global networking requirements and deliver international VPN services to their corporate customers,” said Paolo Gambini, Chief Marketing Officer of Tinet. “In particular, we are seeing an uplift in demand for our global Ethernet Extension services. Traditionally, we have leveraged our vast network footprint and a number of Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) agreements we have developed with various providers worldwide for fast and secure Ethernet delivery. Now with Equinix's new carrier Ethernet platform, we can further remove the technical complexities, making interconnections both quicker and easier to facilitate. This in turn means we are better able to support the growing network demands of our wholesale customers.”
Demand for carrier Ethernet services is forecast to double within five years, according to Infonetics Research*. Additionally, in the past 12 months, Equinix has seen a significant increase in customer inquiries for a platform within Equinix that would enable carriers to easily interconnect their Ethernet networks.
“With more than 360 networks, Equinix's data centers are some of the most carrier-dense in the world; this makes them the ideal location for us to interconnect with complementary Ethernet service providers that operate beyond our Trans-Atlantic footprint,” said Fergus Innes, VP of Sales EMEA at Hibernia Atlantic. “Based on the feedback from our customers, we believe that this new platform will enable us to expand our Ethernet offerings into multiple communities.”
*Infonetics Research, Carrier Ethernet Equipment Report, 2009
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, content and financial companies, and network service providers rely upon Equinix's insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 45 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers across 18 markets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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Exponential-e designs and deploys bespoke network solutions, connecting company LANs regionally, nationally and internationally to create global office networks. Customer networks are created within Exponential-e's VPLS-enabled NGN (known as the Service Creation Platform or SCP) and do not touch the Internet, ensuring they are totally private.
In addition to fast, high capacity, flexible connectivity solutions, companies also access a range of enterprise services and applications which are hosted on the network. Managed and unmanaged storage, voice services, video conferencing, surveillance and colocation, plus some sector specific services are all available through a single access circuit onto the SCP.
Exponential-e's network solutions are fast, flexible and secure - giving customers responsive, scalable networks which reduce risks and costs while enhancing their business performance.
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About Hibernia Atlantic
Hibernia Atlantic is the largest, privately held, diverse transAtlantic submarine cable transport provider. Hibernia is a US, wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC). It is a TransAtlantic submarine cable and terrestrial cable network that offers over (75) redundant network Points of Presence (PoPs) throughout Canada, US, UK and mainland Europe on over 24,000 kilometers of network. Hibernia provides secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet (EOS) FastE, GigE, 10G and LanPhy wavelengths and all traditional SONET/SDH services. In addition, Hibernia offers wholesale capacity prices, unparalleled support, flexibility and service. For more information on Hibernia Atlantic's cutting-edge network or to view their corporate video, please visit www.hiberniaatlantic.com.
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Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group, is the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market. With network presence and customers in EMEA, Americas and APAC, Tinet provides global IP Transit and Ethernet connectivity to Carriers, Service and Content Providers worldwide, within 7 working days. The carrier guarantees customers proactive management of SLAs and protection from DDoS attacks.
Established in 2002, Tinet's unique business model, based on focus and simplicity, assures the delivery of the highest standard of service. Tinet has grown to become one of the top 10 global IPv4 backbones and the number one IPv6 network worldwide.
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