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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
3,400 (October 2013)
Slogan We Protect, Connect and Power the Digital Economy
Website http://equinix.com
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Equinix, Inc. is an American public corporation that provides carrier-neutral data centers and internet exchanges. Equinix provides network-neutral data centers (IBX or "International Business Exchange") and interconnection services. The company offers colocation, traffic exchange and outsourced IT infrastructure solutions to enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and over 1,000+ 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. [2]

Equinix operates 100+ data centers (which it calls "International Business Exchanges" – IBXs) across 33 major metropolitan areas in 15 countries on five continents. The company has its headquarters in Redwood City, California, United States.[1] Equinix reported 2014 revenues of $2.44 billion [3] and is the leading global colocation data center by market share.[4]According to the company website, Equinix’s vision is to “protect, connect and power the digital economy.” [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.[6] The company quickly began to experience rapid growth and its initial public offering in 2000 raised over $270 million of capital. During the internet/telecom boom, various companies invested in data centers to accommodate the hyper-growth of the internet. When the bubble burst, however, there was an oversupply of data centers and the industry underwent significant consolidation. Equinix managed to survive the internet/telecom bubble and took advantage of the oversupply by purchasing several distressed data centers. In the years that followed, the company experienced significant growth and, between 2003 and 2004, Equinix was the best performing stock on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

In 2007, the company announced a $2 billion international expansion plan.[citation needed] That year, the company acquired European data center operator IXEurope, which solidified its position as the leading data center operator in the world. Between 2008 and 2010, Equinix continued its international expansion plan by building or acquiring several new data centers in Europe and Asia-Pacific. In 2010, Equinix acquired Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc., a U.S. internet exchange and co-location services provider, in a transaction valued at $683.4 million.[citation needed] This acquisition enabled the company to expand its colocation services to new metropolitan markets and ensured that the company maintained its stranglehold on the internet exchange market. Most recently, Equinix acquired Brazilian company ALOG Data Centers, which marked its first expansion into the South American market.[citation needed]

Data centers[edit]

International Business Exchanges[edit]

Chairman Peter Van Camp describes Equinix Internet exchanges (IBXs) as “international airports where passengers from many different airlines make connections to get to their final destinations”.[6] These internet exchanges route internet traffic between over 600 telecommunications networks worldwide. Equinix IBXs peer IP traffic to over 90% of the world's Internet routes.[7] The company has been able to maintain its dominant market share primarily because of its ability to leverage network effects. In its first few years of operation, Equinix was successful in attracting many of the world’s largest telecom networks due to its large scale and “network neutral” policy, which allows any network to connect with any other network as long as both are customers. Thus, in order to easily and efficiently access the world’s leading networks, other telecom networks are compelled to join the Equinix “ecosystem” as well to major enterprises, web commerce companies, and cloud computing companies. This enables these organizations to outsource their IT infrastructure so that they can focus on their own core competencies. Equinix colocation centers provide enterprises and web commerce companies with fast, reliable, secure, and cost-effective internet connections and scalable data storage. Also, many major enterprises such as Google and Microsoft use Equinix data centers for disaster avoidance and off-site data backup. In recent years, the company has become very active in the cloud computing space. Because cloud companies store data in clouds rather than on user desktops, they have a significant need for data storage. In a recent interview, CEO Stephen M. Smith said the company’s top priority is to be “the home to as much cloud infrastructure as we possibly can”.[8]

Equinix has been successful in leveraging network effects in its colocation business as well. In fact, CEO Steve Smith says the company’s ability to interconnect its customers efficiently has been its secret to success.[8] Equinix’s vast scale, massive customer base, and technological expertise has enabled it to create “ecosystems” that facilitate efficient interaction between companies, which improves both performance and decreases costs. For example, Equinix boasts the world’s “most robust and mature financial ecosystem”,[9] which enables asset managers, research providers, exchanges, and other financial institutions to exchange information as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Because of this network effect, other financial institutions are compelled to join the Equinix financial ecosystem as well.

Data center (IBX) locations[edit]

Europe, Middle East & Africa[edit]

Middle East[edit]


Equinix data center CH3 in Chicago (2008)
Equinix data center CH3 in Chicago (2008)

Asia Pacific[edit]


As of December 2014, Equinix serves more than 4,750 customers worldwide. More than 1,000 different carriers and ISPs now participate in Equinix IBX centers, including:

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