13 March 2006
Leading Network Exchange Point Providers Unite to Host Annual Global Peering Forums
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. — March 13, 2006 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), Switch and Data, Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (AMEX:TWW), AMS-IX, DE-CIX and Force10 Networks today announced a unified effort to host biannual Global Peering Forums with the first event scheduled for March 18-23, 2006 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The forums are designed to bring together peering coordinators from North America, South America, Europe and Asia in a neutral environment to discuss interconnection of their autonomous networks. In addition, participants will hear in-depth presentations from industry experts on peering rollouts, policies, trends and general technical topics of interest to the peering coordinator community.
”We are delighted to be a participant in the 1st Global Peering Forum hosted by Equinix, Switch & Data, Terremark, AMS-IX, DE-CIX and Force10 Networks,“ said Gary Baldus, vice president of operations for Limelight Networks, Inc. “Peering as part of how we manage a content delivery network for digital media is integral to facilitating a better experience for our customers and their global audiences. We are excited about this event!”
More than 140 peering experts are expected to attend the first forum in March, including:
Josh Snowhorn - Peering Coordinator for Terremark Worldwide
William B. Norton - Chief Technical Liaison for Equinix
Ali Marashi - CIO for Switch & Data
Henk Steenman - CTO for AMS-IX
Harald Summa - CEO for DE-CIXX
Barrett Lyon - CTO for Prolexic Technologies
The Global Peering Forums will give delegates an opportunity to talk about different peering policies and peering economic models as well as to meet the faces behind the corporate names. Participants at the March forum include peering coordinators from Sprint/Nextel, AT&T, China Telecom, Brasil Telecom, France Telecom, AOL, Yahoo!, Google, Limelight Networks, Microsoft, Telecom Italia, British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and Akamai, among others.
Peering is defined as a way to exchange data between networks on a settlement free or partial settlement basis. Network providers such as AT&T, Sprint/Nextel and others own high-speed lines that make up the Internet. These providers transfer data between each other at locations called “peering” points or Internet Exchanges. At these sites, routers transfer messages between backbones using layer 2 switches or other dynamic interconnection systems. These systems are globally tied together by connecting high-capacity fiber optic lines owned by network service providers.
Attendance at the forum is by invitation only and limited to peering coordinators. Further information can be found at www.peeringforum.com.
About Switch and Data
Switch and Data is a leading provider of Internet exchange and colocation services. Based in Tampa, Florida, Switch and Data operates the largest footprint of neutral Internet exchange and colocation facilities in North America with 34 data centers in 23 markets serving more than 800 customers. Switch and Data's PAIX is recognized worldwide as the premier name in peering and Internet exchange services and is home to the largest commercial exchange point in North America. For more information, please visit http://www.switchanddata.com/.
About Terremark Worldwide, Inc.
Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (AMEX:TWW) is a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Internet exchanges and a global provider of managed IT infrastructure solutions for government and private sectors. Terremark delivers its portfolio of services from seven locations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and from four service aggregation and distribution locations, which aggregate network traffic and distribute network-based services in Europe and Asia to meet specific customer needs. Terremark's flagship facility, the NAP of the Americas, is the model for the carrier-neutral Internet exchanges the company has in Santa Clara, California (NAP of the Americas/West), in Sao Paulo, Brazil (NAP do Brasil and in Madrid, Spain (NAP de las Americas - Madrid). The carrier-neutral NAP of the Americas is a state-of-the-art facility that provides exchange point, collocation, managed services and a suite of hosting services. Terremark is headquartered at 2601 S. Bayshore Drive, 9th Floor, Miami, Florida USA, (305) 856-3200. More information about Terremark Worldwide can be found at www.terremark.com.
Statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Terremark's actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements due to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, as discussed in Terremark's filings with the SEC. These factors include, without limitation, Terremark's ability to obtain funding for its business plans, uncertainty in the demand for Terremark's services or products and Terremark's ability to manage its growth. Terremark does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent not-for-profit Internet exchange providing services since the early 1990's. AMS-IX is one of the largest Internet hubs worldwide, where over 200 Internet related parties come together to exchange Internet traffic amongst them. The AMS-IX platform provides high quality, non-blocking professional peering services for all types of IP traffic whether data or VoIP. AMS-IX hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX), as well as solutions for broadcasting traffic with the multicast peering service.
DE-CIX is the largest German neutral Internet Exchange and operating since 1995 in Frankfurt. Spread over several locations DE-CIX offers a fail-safe and redundant infrastructure for all IP related services (IPV6, multicast, vlan). More than 180 carriers, Internet Service Providers and large content aggregators are peering publicly or private. VOIP services are in preparations. Due to it�s geographical position DE-CIX opens a window to the communication markets in Eastern Europe and Far East.
About Force10 Networks
Force10 Networks is the pioneer in high performance switching and routing. Based on a revolutionary system architecture that delivers best-in-class resiliency and massive scalability, Force10's TeraScale E-Series switch/routers ensure predictable application performance, increase network availability, and reduce operating costs. Today, many of the world's largest Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks depend on Force10 Networks. For additional information, please visit the company's website at www.force10networks.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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