July 29, 2008
Equinix and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) Announce Partnership
London, U.K.— July 29, 2008 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, and The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world's largest Internet exchange points, today announced a partnership agreement that will extend the LINX peering fabric into Equinix's London-4 (LD4) Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) data center located in Slough.
The partnership will enable LINX members to access Equinix's premium colocation services. Similarly, Equinix customers joining LINX will be able to connect on site to directly exchange traffic, or “peer”, with LINX's extensive member base, increasing reliability, improving performance and reducing the costs of network traffic exchange.
LD4 is a next generation purpose designed data center utilizing the most advanced infrastructure for industry leading resilience and operational efficiency. The site offers approximately 10,000m2 (107, 600 gross sq. ft.) of space with 24 megawatts of power, providing LINX members with access to colocation capacity for high density installations.
As the UK's leading Internet exchange point, LINX provides the interconnection infrastructure for its 280 membership base. It is a mutual, non-profit organisation whose members include almost all the major U.K. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks plus many from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa. ??”We are pleased that LINX and Equinix are working together on this project. Our presence at the new Equinix London-4 site creates an excellent opportunity for our members to grow and develop their businesses,” said John Souter, CEO of LINX. “We believe that this relationship will ensure the efficient and reliable exchange of data between some of the largest networks in the world for many years to come.”
“Network peering continues to be the primary method for data transfer between the world's networks, providing the foundation for the efficient flow of Internet traffic, from email to video,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix Europe. “Partnering with Internet exchanges like LINX, who have an existing critical mass of quality ISPs and connected parties operating within their network, is an important element of our global service offering, providing customers with the highest-performance platforms for exchanging Internet traffic.”
LINX is a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks. Established in 1994, LINX provides a neutral interconnection facility and peering platform while also representing the interests of its 280 members on matters of public policy. The LINX platform has a global reputation for quality, performance and technical excellence and as a result, is able to access 153,000 Internet routes reaching in excess of 40 countries from Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.