Partnership Provides Content Providers, ASPs and eCommerce Companies with Access to Worlds Largest Broadband Subscriber Base
San Jose, Calif. April 11, 2000 Equinix, Inc., creator and operator of the only neutral Internet Business Exchange (IBX) centers and Excite@Home, today announced an agreement under which Excite@Home will be able to deploy business-to-business connectivity and managed services to Equinix IBX participants nationwide. Excite@Homes @Work divisions always on data services will first be available in Equinix IBX centers in Silicon Valley, CA. and the Washington, DC area.
By participating in Equinixs neutral IBX environment, @Work can leverage best-in-class content providers, ASPs and e-commerce companies maximize the Excite@Home end-user experience. In addition, IBX participants can gain access to leading services designed to meet their demands for superior, reliable and secure connectivity. @Work services to be initially deployed in IBX centers include @Work Dedicated Access.
Equinix IBX centers are a perfect fit into @Work's strategy for reaching our target content provider customers. Only Equinixs neutral IBX centers can provide us with a secure, high-performance environment where we can access the leading content providers, ASPs and eCommerce businesses, said Mark OLeary, senior vice president and general manager of the @Work division of Excite@Home. With the high concentration of Internet businesses at Equinix IBX centers, we are able to provision our services to new and existing customers in a matter of days by simply running a circuit from our cage to our customers.
Our partnership with Excite@Home gives IBX participants virtually immediate access to @Works world-class backbone for mission-critical business services, said Al Avery, president and CEO of Equinix. By providing a neutral environment where all Internet businesses can interconnect with each other directly, quickly and cost-effectively, Equinix is helping to raise the bar on Internet performance for business-to-business transactions.
Equinix IBX centers provide a secure home for the Internet where content providers, ASPs and e-commerce companies have the ability to interconnect with a choice of best-in-class carriers, ISPs, and site and performance management companies. Content providers and e-commerce companies can deliver content faster, access multiple networks, eliminate local loop charges, increase transaction-based revenues and increase customer satisfaction via a higher quality customer web experience. Carriers, ISPs, and site and performance management companies can service a larger customer base, save on training and staffing operations, and increase revenue.
Equinixs IBX centers provide improved levels of operational efficiency and reliability. Equinix customers locate their mission-critical hardware in these financial-grade fortresses because they have access to a unique combination of global partners and customers, services and security designed to reduce Internet operations costs and increase revenues. Security features include 24x7 guards, biometric hand-geometry scanners on all doors and cages, disaster protection and tightly controlled customer access. In addition, Equinixs trained Internet/telco-savvy staff is available on-site 24-hours a day, seven days a week to optimize customer uptime.
Excite@Home, the leader in broadband, offers media services through Excite Network (www.excite.com, www.bluemountain.com and other properties), and broadband subscription services through @Home (www.home.com) and @Work (www.work.home.net). The company has a worldwide footprint of 72 million cable homes under long-term contract. Excite@Home's MatchLogic subsidiary (www.matchlogic.com) offers marketers industry-leading digital advertising solutions including rich media production, targeted ad and email services, and datamart management and analysis.
Equinix is the creator and operator of the only neutral IBX centers (Internet Business Exchange centers) which provide e-commerce companies, content providers and ASPs with power to choose from the widest variety of Internet partners. These centers facilitate the growth of the Internet and serve as the core of IP network interconnection for the 21st century. Equinix IBX centers are designed from the ground up to offer e-commerce companies and content providers with unsurpassed service delivery, unparalleled availability of bandwidth from multiple networks, highly scalable interconnection, complete neutrality and unsurpassed financial-grade security. ISPs, carriers and site performance management companies have access to the services and customers they require to build and expand their businesses. Equinix customers include Akamai, Cable & Wireless, Concentric, Enron, Excite@Home, InterNAP, Level3, MCI Worldcom, NaviNet, NorthPoint Communications, StorageNetworks and Teleglobe. For more information, please visit the companys Web site at www.equinix.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties relating to Equinix, including without limitation statements regarding the efficiencies of IBX customers. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Equinix with the SEC, specifically the recent filing on Form S-4, which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including among other things, risks relating Equinixs preliminary rollout plan.