September 29, 2008
JPIX, the Largest Internet Exchange in Japan, Extends Peering Fabric to Equinix Tokyo Data Center
Partnership Allows Both Companies to Further Enhance Their Traffic Exchange Services
TOKYO, JAPAN - September 29, 2008 - Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, and Japan Internet Exchange Co. Ltd. (JPIX), the largest Internet exchange in Japan, today announced that JPIX has extended its peering fabric to the Equinix Tokyo-2 (TY2) Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) data center located in Shinagawa. As a part of the agreement, Equinix customers will be able to directly exchange traffic, or “peer,” with JPIX's diverse aggregation of Internet service providers, cable TV service providers and content providers, allowing high-quality traffic exchange participants to increase reliability, improve performance and reduce the costs of network traffic exchange.
JPIX, with over 100 customers, including Japan's Tier-1 ISPs, cable TV service providers and content providers, is a strategic exchange point for Internet traffic in Japan. Through this agreement, JPIX will set up an Internet Exchange (IX) switch at the Equinix TY2 center, and it will use Equinix's IBXLink service to directly connect to the Equinix TY1 center located in Heiwajima.
Equinix is the global leader in interconnection and peering, offering high-performance private and public peering services. The peering relationships facilitated by Equinix's interconnection solutions help form the strategic foundation for the growth of the Internet, from email to video to virtually any other application that must traverse multiple networks to get from origin to destination.
“As the leading advocate of peering in Asia since 2002 Equinix has been actively encouraging peering relationships between international and Japanese customers by providing innovative services and organizing forums that foster greater interaction,” said David Wilkinson, Managing Director of Equinix Japan. “This partnership with JPIX is a milestone that enhances the peering fabric for both companies, allowing customers the ability to further scale their peering relationships with a larger aggregation of ISPs, content providers and content delivery networks.”
Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data center and interconnection services, offering premium colocation, traffic exchange and outsourced IT infrastructure solutions. Global enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network service providers look to Equinix Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) centers for world-class reliability and network diversity. Equinix IBX centers serve as critical, core hubs for IP networks and Internet operations worldwide. With 40 IBX centers located in 18 strategic markets across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Equinix enables customers to reliably operate their mission-critical infrastructure on a global basis.
Japan Internet Exchange Co. Ltd. (JPIX) was founded in July 1997 with the goal of providing Internet service providers (ISPs) with a neutral environment for their traffic. It initiated IX services in November of the same year after building its exchange facilities in Otemachi, Tokyo.
Exchanges are the backbone of the Internet. The first Internet exchange in Japan - the NSPIXP Pilot Project started by a research organization called WIDE - was highly successful. JPIX is a commercial Internet exchange, benefitting from the fruits of the WIDE project, and counts among its customers Japan's tier-1 ISPs, as well as ISPs from other countries. It is now the largest Internet exchange in Japan in terms of traffic volume and number of customers connected, and has become the heart of the Internet in Japan.
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 companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired 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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