18 August 2008
Equinix to Provide Data Center and Connectivity Infrastructure for Social Network Application Leader Slide
Foster City, CA — August 18, 2008 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced that Slide, the world's largest producer of applications for social networks, has deployed operations at Equinix's Washington, D.C.-5 Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX®) center in Ashburn, VA. The move will enable Slide to operate within a high performance data center environment that offers the most efficient connectivity infrastructure for linking to its social network partners and to its more than 150 million users around the world.
Slide offers people the ability to engage and have fun with one another using the relationships they've already developed on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace. Slide's applications rely upon fast and stable links to end-users and to the social networks where the applications are available.
Slide will use Equinix's network-rich data center environment to directly connect with an aggregation of strategic partners within the same physical location. By operating within this Internet ecosystem and by conveniently connecting to these partners through the Equinix Exchange central switching fabric, Slide will have the opportunity to directly link with these companies, rather than connecting to them in multiple, disparate locations and over long distances. This direct connectivity reduces bottlenecks in the path between content and end-users, providing improved performance levels and reductions in transit costs.
Equinix's DC5 center will also provide Slide with a secure and redundant physical infrastructure. Power operations at the center include a high-performance backup system that provides uninterrupted power even in the event of utility power disruption. Security features include interlocking "mantrap" doors, multiple layers of biometric hand-geometry scanners controlling access, as well as 24-hour security officers and hundreds of surveillance cameras.
“Slide requires fast and reliable connectivity to our partner social networking sites to ensure the best possible user experience with our applications,” said Ken Brownfield, Director of Operations at Slide. “Equinix's Washington, D.C. area campus is one of the most well connected data centers on the East Coast and it made the top of our list when we evaluated options for our East Coast expansion.”
“With more than 150 million users around the world, Slide is an innovator in developing applications that leverage the growing popularity of social networking sites,” said Margie Backaus, chief business officer of Equinix. “At Equinix, Slide has access to a one-stop location to more efficiently reach their partners and users, while operating within premium data centers that provide high levels of performance and reliability.”
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of IXEurope into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; the results of any litigation relating to past stock option grants and practices; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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