Equinix to Provide Data Center and Connectivity Infrastructure for Social Network Application Leader Slide
Equinix's Newest Center in the Washington, D.C. Area to Facilitate
High-Performance Links between Slide and Its More Than 150 Million
FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 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(TM) (IBX(R)) 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
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."
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(R))
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.
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 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.
Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.
Internet Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.
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SOURCE: Equinix, Inc.