July 11, 2005
Equinix to Provide Data Centre Infrastructure for Hardware Zone Online Portal in Singapore
Singapore — July 11, 2005 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centres and Internet exchange services, today announced that Hardware Zone Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based online and print content provider, will deploy the company's IT operations within Equinix's Singapore Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX®) centre.
A leading IT media content provider in Southeast Asia, Hardware Zone is well known for its quality IT news articles and reviews. It provides a highly interactive and member-centric platform offering discussion forums, classified ads and IT price guides. Currently, Hardware Zone's online portal (http://www.hardwarezone.com) is utilized by more than four million visitors each month.
To fuel expansion in the Asia Pacific region, Hardware Zone required a co- location provider with strong international connectivity as well as enterprise level support. With a projected increase in traffic as more online services are rolled out, Equinix met the requirements of Hardware Zone by providing a scalable solution that compliments the growth of the business while ensuring high service uptime.
As a part of the deployment, a direct fiber connection will be established between Hardware Zone's servers, located at Equinix's Singapore IBX, and the company's headquarters in Singapore. This fiber connection will enable Hardware Zone to directly access their servers remotely, bypassing the Internet and expensive leased lines.
At Equinix's Singapore Internet hub, Hardware Zone will also have direct access to an aggregation of network providers. By operating within the same physical space as many of these strategic connectivity partners, Hardware Zone can implement a more streamlined path between their Web portal and their end-users, resulting in higher performance and reliability. It also provides Hardware Zone with a strong selection of choices for backup networks in the event of a service interruption with a primary provider.
"Due to the popularity of our portal, we were in need of high-performance and high-availability bandwidth options as well as a robust physical infrastructure that can scale to accommodate our growing demand for additional data centre space," said Mr. Lim Chuan Jer, Product Manager of www.hardwarezone.com®. "Ensuring a superior online experience for our readers is also a high priority. Equinix provides us with the security, network choice and operational flexibility to achieve high-performance operations."
"Network performance is enhanced as content travels a more direct path between source and end-user, avoiding the potential latency of multiple Internet hops," said Mr. Lee Yoong Kin, Vice President of Equinix Singapore. "By directly linking with its key network partners within the same facility, Hardware Zone can enhance the performance and speed for its more than 32 million monthly page views, and also reduce its overall interconnection costs."
About Hardware Zone
As the leading IT media company in Asia, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd is a provider of marketing channels and services to the information communications, technology and interactive entertainment industry. Hardware Zone Pte Ltd publishes prolific IT magazine titles across Asia, namely HWM, GameAxis® Unwired and PHOTOi™, operating in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia along with popular online portal www.hardwarezone.com® which has to date, a monthly viewership of more than 32 million page impressions. Capitalising on its editorial strength and creative marketing strategies, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd offers to marketers integrated media solutions and effective reach to IT consumers via our magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, as well as event management.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of IXEurope into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; the results of any litigation relating to past stock option grants and practices; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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