Equinix to Host Network Infrastructure Supporting California's Colleges, Universities and Statewide K-12 School System
FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2004--
Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)
to Establish Hub at Equinix Centers to Link Research
and Education Communities Throughout the U.S.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq:EQIX), the leading provider of
network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today
announced that the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in
California (CENIC), a not-for-profit organization serving California's
educational system, will move its Internet network connectivity
operations to Equinix's two Los Angeles Internet Business Exchange(TM)
(IBX(R)) centers. As a part of the move, CENIC will establish its "Los
Angeles Gigapop" hub within the two centers that will link research
and educational facilities throughout the U.S.
CENIC is a not-for-profit corporation serving the California
Institute of Technology, California State University, Stanford
University, University of California, University of Southern
California, California Community Colleges and the statewide K-12
school system. CENIC's mission is to facilitate and coordinate the
development, deployment and operation of a set of robust,
multi-tiered, advanced network services for this research and
education community. By the end of the decade, CENIC hopes to bring
broadband connectivity to every school in California.
The move to Equinix's two Los Angeles facilities will provide
CENIC with a secure and reliable network connectivity infrastructure
that offers direct access to a critical mass of network and content
providers for the exchange of data and the purchase of network
transit. By reaching these strategic partners within the same physical
location, as opposed to linking to them in multiple locations across
great distances, CENIC can greatly streamline the network connectivity
and the path between origin and destination networks. The result is an
enhanced connectivity infrastructure that improves performance and
speed while reducing overall connectivity costs.
The exchange of data traffic with other networks, or "peering,"
that CENIC will conduct within Equinix's centers is a fundamental
element of the Internet's infrastructure that improves the performance
of the Internet for all users by enabling data to pass from one
network to another without intermediary networks or bottlenecks.
Increasingly, as pressure builds to lower costs while improving
network performance, peering has become an essential element of most
In addition to the critical mass of strategic partners available
within Equinix's neutral ecosystem, each center features a
high-performance physical infrastructure that includes
industry-leading security, power and environmental features. Security
elements 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. The
power operations of each center include a high-performance backup
system that guarantees uninterrupted power even in the event of
utility power disruption. Cooling and environmental control features
enable deployment of the most demanding IT deployments, including high
power density equipment, such as blade servers. In addition, CENIC can
utilize the 24 by 7 professional support of Equinix's on site IBX
technicians with expertise in telecommunications, IP, NT and
networking technologies for any maintenance, installation or other
assistance with equipment located in IBX centers.
"As we lead the charge toward ubiquitous high-speed connectivity
throughout California's educational institutions, we require a robust
infrastructure that ensures the highest levels of uptime and
performance with connectivity to other educational institutions,
content providers and all of the major network service providers,"
said Jim Dolgonas, president and chief operating officer of CENIC.
"After a thorough review, we determined that Equinix's Internet hubs
were the only locations that exceeded our high requirements and
offered an ideal location for us to base the core of the network
linking all of California's research and educational community."
"As the aggregation of Internet organizations at Equinix's neutral
centers continues to grow, the appeal for new businesses and other
organizations to operate within these hubs of network connectivity
becomes increasingly more attractive," said Margie Backaus, chief
business officer of Equinix. "This snowball effect has made Equinix's
hubs key meeting points for the networks that comprise the Internet."
Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data
centers and Internet exchange services for enterprises, content
companies, systems integrators and network services providers. Through
the company's 14 Internet Business Exchange(TM) (IBX(R)) centers in
five countries, customers can directly interconnect with every major
global network and ISP for their critical peering, transit and traffic
exchange requirements. These interconnection points facilitate the
highest performance and growth of the Internet by serving as neutral
and open marketplaces for Internet infrastructure services, allowing
customers to expand their businesses while reducing costs.
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 operating IBX centers and developing, deploying
and delivering Equinix services; competition from existing and new
competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise
obtain funds to repay outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in
business from our key customers 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
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.