BELLEVUE, Wash. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 9, 2011 – CenturyLink Cloud, an enterprise cloud platform provider, and Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global data center services provider, today announced the Fall 2011 opening of two new CenturyLink Cloud data centers residing within Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX®) facilities in Chicago and Ashburn, Va. CenturyLink Cloud selected Equinix for the company’s enterprise-grade connectivity, global presence and carrier-neutral environment, which will enable CenturyLink Cloud to better meet the ever-increasing demand for secure, hybrid clouds in the enterprise. The data center in Chicago opens September 1, with the one in Ashburn opening in early Q4. “To enhance their business agility, an increasing number of enterprises are actively identifying apps they can move to the public cloud,” said Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud. “Equinix IBX facilities extend CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise cloud story by providing a key component our clients need for their hybrid production apps—a single, secure, performance-optimized connection. Combining the Equinix Direct Connect capabilities with our agile and intelligent Enterprise Cloud platform provides flexibility, speed and scalability of deployment for these customers.

A hybrid cloud refers to an environment where some data, applications and services are kept in-house and others reside in the data center of an external enterprise cloud platform provider, such as CenturyLink Cloud, in part mitigating the security and scaling challenges often associated with the cloud. By adding two new data centers in Equinix IBX’s to existing data center facilities in Seattle and Salt Lake City, CenturyLink Cloud completes a three-zone architecture model that enhances performance, accessibility and the existing built-in business continuity features of the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud and gives enterprises nationwide even more options to securely connect their networks to CenturyLink Cloud.

Migration to the cloud is still a significant obstacle that many CIOs face, as they are challenged to find cost effective, secure and scalable solutions for their business,” said Vince DiMemmo, general manager, Global Cloud and IT Services for Equinix. “CenturyLink Cloud and their enterprise-grade cloud is an extraordinary example of how Platform Equinix can be leveraged to increase flexibility for CIOs while still maintaining tight control of enterprise applications.

CenturyLink Cloud’s built-in business continuity and other innovative enterprise grade features represents more than five years of IP development in predictive intelligence and automation technologies that enhance performance, availability, and security while significantly simplifying operational support. With the new data centers, the Bellevue, Wash.-based company will:

  • Expand the CenturyLink Cloud footprint to multiple geographies, increasing performance and accessibility for customers who want to expand their footprint through CenturyLink Cloud
  • Leverage the capabilities of Equinix IBXs, global footprint and vast ecosystem on Platform Equinix, including Direct Connect and Ethernet Exchange capabilities for fast, low-latency secure connections for the perfect combination of private and enterprise-grade public cloud for those enterprises who want to securely extend their network into the cloud

About CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink Cloud, based in Bellevue, Wash., goes beyond traditional cloud offerings to provide an agile, self-optimizing enterprise cloud platform. Enterprises large and small depend on the company’s secure, intelligent platform to run their mission-critical, production applications and services so they can focus on their core business. They realize the cloud benefits of lower TCO and dynamic scaling delivered on an enterprise-class platform with SLAs, security, and built-in disaster recovery. Innovative technologies deliver predictive optimization for unprecedented performance at all layers. For more information, visit

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centers, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. Platform Equinix connects more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies including more than 675 network service providers to help them grow their businesses, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth.

Forward Looking Statements

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 companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired 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; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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