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November 10, 2009

Hurricane to extend network connectivity infrastructure at Equinix

To enhance fault tolerance, load balancing, congestion management infrastructure capabilities for the delivery of IP access services

By CBR Staff Writer

Hurricane Electric, an IPv6 internet service provider, and Equinix, a provider of data centre services, said that Hurricane Electric will extend its presence to additional Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres outside of the US.

The companies said that the expansion to Equinix’s Toyko-2 (TY2), Hong Kong-1 (HK1) and Zurich-1 (ZH1) centres will enable Hurricane Electric to enhance fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities for the delivery of IP access services.

In addition, it will also allow Equinix customers to directly exchange IP traffic, or ‘peer’, with Hurricane Electric’s internet backbone which is interconnected with more than 500 associated IPv6 backbones. By leveraging Equinix’s data centres to deploy network nodes, it is expected to provide IP access services for its customers, the companies said.

Reportedly, the company has deployed IPv6 on its global backbone in 2001. It is one of the internet backbones that is IPv6-native and does not rely on internal tunnels for its IPv6 connectivity. IPv6 is offered as a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity, as well as IPv4 connectivity.

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Martin Levy, director of IPv6 strategy at Hurricane Electric, said: “We are delighted to further expand our relationship with Equinix. Our growing global footprint through Equinix will give our customers the geographic reach and extended IPv6 functionality they are demanding.”

Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer of Equinix, said: “Our relationship with Hurricane Electric, a well respected IPv6 player, further demonstrates our leadership role in operating robust data centre infrastructure with operational excellence. Operating also within our TY2, HK1 and ZH1 centres will put Hurricane Electric in the middle of an existing community of international and local networks and carriers for its next generation IP access service.”

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