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Equinix, Inc.
NASDAQ-100 Component
Industry Internet
Founded 1998
Headquarters Redwood City, California, United States
Key people

Jay Adelson, Founder
Al Avery, Founder

Stephen M. Smith
President and CEO
Keith Taylor
chief financial officer
Charles Meyers
chief operating officer
Karl Strohmeyer
President, Americas
Eric Schwartz
President, Equinix Europe
Samuel Lee
President, Equinix Asia Pacific
Products Data centers
Revenue US$2.44 billion (2014)
Number of employees
4,100 (June 2015)
Slogan Where Opportunity Connects
Website equinix.com

Equinix, Inc. is an American public corporation that provides carrier-neutral data centers and internet exchanges to enable interconnection. The company offers colocation, interconnection solutions and related services to enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and 1,100+ network service providers worldwide. Equinix data centers are also home to more than 500 cloud service providers, and the company operates the Equinix Cloud Exchange, a service enabled by a proprietary software that allows customers to connect to multiple clouds simultaneously.[1]

Equinix operates 100+ data centers (which it calls "International Business Exchanges" – IBXs) across 33 major metropolitan areas in 15 countries on five continents.[1] The company touts its broad geographic reach as a key differentiator, saying it allows its customers to place equipment in close proximity to employees, customers, partners and population centers. The company's Performance Hub offering enables customers to place corporate IT resources near large user populations in data centers connected to many networks and clouds.[2]

The company has its headquarters in Redwood City, California, United States.[3] Equinix reported 2014 revenues of $2.44 billion and is the leading global colocation data center by market share.[4][5]


Equinix was founded in 1998 by Al Avery and Jay Adelson, two facilities managers at Digital Equipment Corporation. The founders believed that existing data centers would not be sufficient to support the rapid growth of the internet and saw the opportunity to deploy data centers on a much larger scale to support this growth. In an interview, Adelson recalled that the early Internet was "run by cowboys. … It just wasn't hardened, it wasn't commercialized. And for those of us that cared, we knew that a company like Equinix would need to exist. Somebody would have to be the steward of all this infrastructure."[6]

Equinix extended its operations in 2012, when it announced partnerships to enter the Dubai, UAE and JAKARTA, Indonesia markets.[7]

Early in 2015, Equinix opened five new data centers on four continents, which increased the company's global data center footprint to more than 10 million square feet and were billed by the company as a significant expansion of its interconnection capacity.[8][9][10]

Also in 2015, Equinix converted to a real estate investment trust (REIT) in a move to gain tax advantages and enhance shareholder value by offering a regular dividend.[11] In addition, Equinix acquired the professional services company Nimbo in 2015 as part of a broader effort to develop its professional services business to assist customers in planning and executing their data center migrations and advancing their network and hybrid cloud strategies.[12]

Equinix announced at the end of May 2015 that it would acquire British company TelecityGroup in a deal worth £2.35 billion.[13][14]

November 13th 2015, European Commission grants clearance for Equinix offer to acquire Telecity.[15]

January 15th 2016, Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of TelecityGroup plc in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion (£2.6 billion). The addition of TelecityGroup’s 40+ data centers more than doubles Equinix’s capacity in Europe, fortifying its position as the largest retail colocation provider in the region. The acquisition expands the company’s interconnection platform in key European markets while also adding critical network and cloud density to better serve enterprise customers who see interconnection as a core IT design principle and are increasingly moving to highly interconnected, global data centers for accelerated business performance and innovation.

ALOG Data Centers of Brasil[edit]

In 2014, Equinix completed the acquisition of the Brazilian company ALOG Data Centers in a business transaction of $225 million. Since 2011, Equinix have held 53% equity of ALOG, which was positioned as a carrier-neutral data center leader in Brazil. By completing the acquisition of ALOG, Equinix initiated its presence in Latin America.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

In 2015, ALOG changed its name to Equinix, completing the merger of the brands.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

Data centers[edit]

International Business Exchanges[edit]

Chairman Peter Van Camp describes Equinix International Business Exchanges (IBXs) as "international airports where passengers from many different airlines make connections to get to their final destinations".[33] Equinix CEO Steve M. Smith said the interconnection available within his company's broad data center footprint enables organizations to distribute IT closer to employees, customers and markets without having to build and manage the needed connectivity themselves. "We spend a lot of capital to build these facilities and companies take advantage of it."[34] Equinix IBXs peer IP traffic to over 90% of the world's Internet routes. Their Internet Exchanges (IX) route internet traffic between over 1,000 telecommunications networks worldwide.[14][35]

Cloud adoption has been consistently hindered by worries about data security.[36] Equinix has worked to address those concerns by creating the Cloud Exchange, which allows organizations to directly connect to cloud providers inside its data centers, rather than through connections established on the public Internet. Equinix describes the Cloud Exchange as a way to make the cloud "elastic," citing the exchange's ability to interconnect businesses to multiple cloud providers on-demand and simultaneously, which the company claims enables new efficiency and reduces complexity. [1][37]

Data Centers expansion in Brasil[edit]

In 2013, Equinix, still under the name of ALOG Data Centers of Brazil, launched the second data center in Rio de Janeiro and the fourth in the country. The initial investment was worth of R$40 million (BRL) and was the only data center in the city to have Tier III certification. The data center had a projected area of 15,000 square meters for container data center and antenna installer.[38][39][40]

In 2014, the data center in Tamboré (SP) was the first in Brazil to install a cooling solution (free cooling parcial) to reduce the infrastructure energy costs from 30% to 60%.[41]

In 2015, Equinix doubled the capacity of IBX® – Data Center in Rio de Janeiro that had opened in 2013, through an investment of 40 million dollars in the 2nd phase of construction of this data center.[42][43][44]

Data center (IBX) locations[edit]

Country Data centers
United States 48 IBXs
Brazil 4 IBXs
Canada 2 IBXs
Country Data centers
Australia 4 IBXs
China 9 IBXs
Indonesia 1 IBXs
Japan 5 IBXs
Singapore 3 IBXs
Europe and Middle East
Country Data centers
United Arab Emirates 1 IBXs
France 4 IBXs
Germany 8 IBXs
Italy 1 IBXs
Netherlands 5 IBXs
Switzerland 6 IBXs
United Kingdom 6 IBXs


As of August 2015, Equinix serves more than 6,250 customers worldwide. More than 1,100 different carriers and ISPs now participate in Equinix IBX centers, including:

See also[edit]


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