Hurricane Electric to Expand Global Network Connectivity Infrastructure at Equinix

November 12, 2009 by  

Webmaster News FREMONT, Calif. & FOSTER CITY, Calif. & TOKYO – Hurricane Electric, a leading Internet backbone and IPv6 Internet Service Provider, and Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Hurricane Electric will extend its points-of-presence to additional Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers outside of the United States. The expansion to Equinix’s Toyko-2 (TY2), Hong Kong-1 (HK1) and Zurich-1 (ZH1) centers will enable Hurricane Electric to improve fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities for the delivery of next-generation IP access services. It will also enable Equinix customers to directly exchange IP traffic, or “peer,” with Hurricane Electric’s global Internet backbone which is interconnected with more than 500 associated IPv6 backbones.

The increasing demand for IPv6 content in Asia and Europe has led to Hurricane Electric’s global expansion into Asia and Europe. By leveraging Equinix’s high-quality and network-rich data centers to easily deploy network nodes, Hurricane Electric will provide next-generation and reliable IP access services for its customers.

“We are delighted to further expand our relationship with Equinix,” said Martin Levy, director of IPv6 strategy at Hurricane Electric. “Our growing global footprint through Equinix will give our customers the geographic reach and extended IPv6 functionality they are demanding.”

Hurricane Electric first deployed IPv6 on its global backbone in 2001. It is one of the few global Internet backbones that is IPv6-native and does not rely on internal tunnels for its IPv6 connectivity. IPv6 is offered as a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity, as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.

“Our relationship with Hurricane Electric, a well respected IPv6 player, further demonstrates our leadership role in operating robust data center infrastructure with operational excellence,” said Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer of Equinix. “Operating also within our TY2, HK1 and ZH1 centers will put Hurricane Electric in the middle of an existing community of international and local networks and carriers for its next generation IP access service.”

About Hurricane Electric
Hurricane Electric is a leading global IPv6 Internet Backbone specializing in Dedicated Servers, Direct Internet Connections, and Web Hosting. Hurricane Electric operates its own global network, running multiple OC192s, OC48s, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Founded in 1994, Hurricane Electric was started in a garage by Founder and President Mike Leber. Hurricane Electric now operates an International network as well as owns several data centers, including the most recent 200,000 square foot Fremont 2 facility.

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About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq:EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, content and financial companies, and network service providers rely upon Equinix’s insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 45 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers across 18 markets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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