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World’s First Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX™) Opens In Washington, D.C. With Concentric, MCI Worldcom, Remarq, Teleglobe Among Premier Providers

Maureen O’Brien
Stirling & Karbo, Inc.

Julie A. Karbo
Stirling & Karbo, Inc.

Nexus of Communication and E-Commerce Interconnection Relieves Internet Congestion in the World’s Largest Internet Hub

Washington, DC—July 27, 1999—Equinix, creator and operator of the only global, open Internet Business Exchanges (IBXs™), today announced the opening of the world’s first IBX™, located in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Equinix also announced the Equinix-DC IBX’s™ first customers which include Akamai, Concentric Network (Nasdaq: CNCX), iBeam Broadcasting, MCI WorldCom (Nasdaq: WCOM), NaviNet, Inc., NetRail, RemarQ, and Teleglobe (NYSE: TGO), among others.

Equinix opened the first IBX™ in the greater Washington, D.C. area because of critical demand for e-commerce and business-to-business interconnection, high volume of international Internet traffic travelling through the area’s traditional exchange points, and the concentration of domestic and trans-Atlantic fiber and international networks in the area. The Washington, D.C. area is the largest international Internet traffic hub, and until now, this huge volume of traffic could only travel through D.C. area NAPs and exchanges which are at capacity. As a result, Internet growth in the region is severely handicapped. The Equinix-DC IBX™ provides a solution to this congestion by offering Internet Service Providers (ISPs), content providers, carriers and Component Service Providers (CSPs) unlimited and unrestricted interconnection with each other. This alleviates the Internet bottleneck in the Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas, and significantly enhances the Internet’s scalability and performance for regional, national and global organizations including businesses, government agencies, and education and research facilities.

"As the world’s most highly concentrated hub for Internet traffic servicing business, government, and institutional organizations that are reliant on the Internet, the D.C. area was a critical place to build our first IBX™," said Al Avery, CEO, Equinix. "Now, for the first time, the Equinix-DC IBX™ provides an unrestricted environment for Internet growth, allowing participants to offer a range of business-to-business services and superior network reliability to their customers. The official opening of this IBX™ is a major step towards realizing the Internet’s full, commercial potential."

Akamai, Concentric, iBeam, MCI WorldCom, NaviNet, NetRail, RemarQ, and TeleGlobe are among the first companies that have chosen to deliver their services from Equinix’s custom-designed and built IBX™ where they have access to unlimited availability of bandwidth from a choice of suppliers, unsurpassed service delivery and scalable interconnection to the widest variety of sources for business expansion. The Equinix-DC IBX™ provides private cages and cabinets where these customers are locating their mission-critical hardware. Customers have the option to use the first OC-48c central switching fabric for aggregated interconnections, or tariff-free, private cross connects. Other customer services include core Internet services such as route servers, shadow root nameserver and atomic clock sources. In addition, Equinix’s trained Internet/telco-savvy staff is available on site twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The Equinix-DC IBX™—and all Equinix IBXs™—are the only exchanges offering customers financial-grade security, designed by the same company that engineered security for the Federal Reserve Bank. Security features include armed guards, biometric hand-geometry scanners on all doors and cages, disaster protection and tightly controlled customer access. Today’s announcement marks the first milestone in the worldwide rollout of Equinix’s open Internet Business Exchanges. The company plans to roll out a total of fifteen national sites and additional international sites within eighteen months.

About the Equinix-DC IBX™
The Equinix-DC IBX™ gives its content provider customers unprecedented network reliability, and offers its network service provider customers unmatched opportunity to diversify their service offerings.

The IBX™ is completely neutral, allowing Equinix customers to choose from the largest number of product and service providers. ISPs can select from a virtually unlimited selection of suppliers, access high speed interconnections, eliminate costly colocation capital investments, save on training and staffing operations, take advantage of faster, more economical circuit provisioning and interconnections, and realize easier and faster response to event-driven and sustained customer bandwidth demands. Carriers and other component suppliers can service a larger customer base, maximizing revenue per square foot, save on training and staffing operations, and easily provide provisioning to customers. Content providers can deliver content dramatically faster, access multiple networks, eliminate local loop charges, increase transaction-based revenues and increase customer satisfaction.

Production-Level Research and Development
By year-end 1999, the Equinix-DC IBX™ will feature the first R&D environment targeted for testing new products and technology in a production setting. Equinix’s research staff will work in close cooperation with Equinix customers, non-profit organizations and working groups to test, prove and ultimately select the best technologies and solutions for the next-generation requirements of Internet businesses. Projects will include monitoring and caching technologies, multicast networks and systems, new protocols and various switching products. Products and technologies evaluated in the Equinix-DC IBX™ will be tested with simulated production-level traffic, resulting in reduced deployment risk and faster time to market.

About Equinix
Equinix, funded by Cisco, Microsoft, and Benchmark Capital, was created to build the first global, open Internet Business Exchanges (IBXs™). The IBXs™ will serve as the core of a scalable Internet and IP network for the 21st century. Equinix IBXs™ are designed from the ground up to offer ISPs, content providers, carriers and Component Service Providers (CSPs) access to the services and customers they require to build and expand their own businesses including financial-grade security, unsurpassed Quality of Service, and virtually limitless interconnection scalability. These IBXs™ will ensure Equinix customers of maximum network and content availability today and tomorrow, while optimizing revenues and reducing operating costs.

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