January 13, 2012
FireHost Chooses Platform Equinix to Support European Expansion
Equinix London and Amsterdam facilities selected to provide high-performance, secure cloud hosting services
LONDON - January 13, 2012 - FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company, today announced that it has selected Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, to support its imminent European cloud hosting service launch. Equinix’s state-of-the-art LD5 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre in London will become FireHost’s primary data centre in Europe, with Equinix’s AM2 IBX in Amsterdam providing disaster recovery capabilities for the region.
FireHost specialises in secure cloud-based hosting solutions for organisations running websites and applications with critical data protection and performance needs, securing tens of thousands of websites for customers in 22 countries. The expansion of FireHost’s infrastructure into Europe addresses growing demand from European businesses, plus an increasing requirement to keep data within the European Union, and will provide existing and prospective customers with greater control over where they host their primary and backup operations.
FireHost required a colocation partner with the highest operational and security standards and a network-rich environment for customer connectivity. As well as meeting these requirements, Platform EquinixTM provides seamless global scalability and a rich ecosystem of more than 800 cloud and IT service providers and more than 4,000 potential customers to support future growth.
“The quality of Equinix’s data centres, together with its global reach and abundance of network operators, means it will provide the ideal platform for us to launch and then grow our European operations,” said Katrena Drake, director of European operations, FireHost. “FireHost’s solutions are recognised for being ultra-secure and ultra-reliable. In Equinix we have found a partner that shares these attributes and can help us replicate our award-winning US-based cloud hosting services in the European market.”
“FireHost stakes its reputation on the security and high performance of its services, so it’s a great endorsement of our standards-based approach that it will base its European operations in our data centres,” said Dick Theunissen, CMO, Equinix EMEA. “However, it is just as critical for FireHost to work with a data centre partner that can support its rapid growth trajectory. We hope that our mature cloud ecosystem and the constantly expanding Equinix Marketplace™ will provide Firehost with plentiful opportunities to expand its partner and customer base in the years to come.”
FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company that delivers web hosting solutions to healthcare IT, SaaS and eCommerce around the world that have HIPAA or PCI compliance and high traffic needs. Advanced security and a comprehensive portfolio of hosting solutions helps FireHost protect companies from threats to their websites, applications, and valuable data.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centres, 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 680 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. http://www.equinix.com
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. In particular, see Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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