Equinix, Vancis and Nikhef Boost Network Connectivity with New Partnership in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - 10 April 2014

Collaboration provides Equinix customers with access to more than 250 networks in Europe 

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) the global interconnection and data center company, Vancis, provider of high-quality ICT services, and Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, today announced they have joined infrastructure to deliver enhanced network connectivity to businesses in the Amsterdam Science Park. The collaboration provides new opportunities for customers to expand their data centre footprint, and access to cloud providers such as Cloudsigma, Virtustream, Carrenza and Redbee and leading networks including Box, Joyent, Syniverse, FireHost and AMS-IX already present in Equinix's rich business ecosystems in Amsterdam. Access to Nikhef and Vancis is immediately available for Equinix customers in AM3 Science Park.

Equinix has established direct connections to the Nikhef and Vancis (SURFsara) carrier hotels from its AM3 data centre which will allow clients to directly connect to more than 250 international networks, reinforcing the Amsterdam campus as one of the most network-dense locations worldwide.

Vancis and Nikhef have had a historic presence in Amsterdam, having established the first internet connectivity point in the Netherlands. Today, businesses throughout the region continue to utilize this infrastructure and network connectivity.

The new partnership follows a series of acquisitions and investments by Equinix in 2013 that added over 75 new carriers including many in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Platform Equinix™ now provides access to more than 975 network service providers globally that allow customers to exchange traffic cost-efficiently, securely and with superior performance.

The enhanced network density within Europe will also form the future base for the Equinix Performance Hub™, which uniquely combines elements of data centers, networking infrastructure and connectivity, and cloud computing access to improve application performance and deliver a globally consistent quality experience to end-users that will be available in the region later this year.

Situated in one of the world's most network-dense locations and designed to set new standards in data and infrastructure management, AM3 Science Park Amsterdam is a major low latency gateway to the continent, reaching 80 percent of Europe within 50 milliseconds. The data center is home to the world's top mobile networks and service enablers, social media and video sites, cloud companies, advertising businesses and electronic traders.

Michiel Eielts, general manager, Equinix Netherlands: "Increasingly more companies use cloud services, but are faced with an important prerequisite for doing so: truly successful and reliable cloud applications require a high degree of network connectivity. Inside Equinix's data centres organisations are already making use of many networks in our ecosystem. The additional connectivity offered by Vancis and Nikhef creates a new breeding ground for the cloud ecosystem, valuable to cloud suppliers and users alike."

Eric Heemskerk, commercial director, Vancis: "Vancis has many internationally oriented telecom companies, ISPs and carriers among its clients. Through this connection they can offer services to Equinix' clients quickly and easily. We insisted on an Equinix data centre at the Science Park: Vancis has limited space for expanding our data centre services, but we do need the capacity. Clients who want extra capacity can now switch to Equinix. This allows us to remain focused on our core business."

Arjen van Rijn, institute manager, Nikhef: "For over two decades, Nikhef has been playing a role in the colocation of telecom providers and ISPs. During that period, our relatively small data centre has welcomed a large variety of national and international clients. Therefore, we are happy with Equinix's presence in the Amsterdam Science Park, since our clients now have even more alternatives for the colocation of extra equipment."

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