March 27, 2008
Equinix to Co-Host Third Annual Global Peering Forum
Foster City, CA — March 27, 2008 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced that it will co-host the Global Peering Forum 3.0, a biannual event attended by 190 global peering coordinators from around the world. The invitation only event, co-hosted by Equinix, Terremark, Switch and Data, AMS-IX, DE-CIX, and LINX, is designed to educate peering coordinators on the latest technical advances and to provide an opportunity to establish and expand peering relationships. It will be held March 31st through April 3rd in Hollywood, FL.
The Global Peering Forums are designed to bring together peering coordinators from North America, South America, Europe and Asia in a neutral environment to discuss the interconnection of their autonomous networks. Included in the 2008 event are in-depth presentations from industry experts on peering rollouts, policies, trends and general technical topics of interest to the peering coordinator community.
More than 190 peering experts are expected to attend the Forum, including:
- Eric Troyer - Director of Global Peering Services for Equinix
- Josh Snowhorn - Vice President of Terremark Worldwide
- Roger Kim - Vice President, PAIX Services for Switch and Data
- Job Witteman - CEO of AMS-IX
The Forum will give participants an opportunity to talk about different peering policies and peering economic models as well as to meet the faces behind the corporate names. Participants will include peering coordinators from Akamai, AT&T, British Telecom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Google, Limelight Networks, Microsoft, Sprint, Telecom Italia, and Yahoo! among others.
Peering is defined the exchange of data between IP networks on primarily a settlement free basis. Network providers such as AT&T, Sprint and others own high-speed connections that make up the Internet. These providers transfer data between each other at locations called “peering” points or Internet Exchanges. At these sites the networks �meet' through interconnection of their backbone routers and exchange traffic with one another over so called layer-2 infrastructure. These systems are globally tied together by connecting high-capacity fiber optic lines owned by network service providers.
“As new demands are placed on the Internet by the increasing amount of video and other rich media, peering has become an essential element of most network strategies to improve their customer experience while keeping costs in check,” said Eric Troyer, director of global peering services for Equinix. “This Forum follows the successful formula of providing presentations on the latest trends in peering, as well as a platform for participants to discuss direct peering relationships with each other.”
Attendance at the forum, which will be held from March 31 through April 3, is by invitation only and limited to peering coordinators. Further information can be found at www.peeringforum.com.
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