Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and Neutral Tandem, Inc. (Nasdaq:TNDM), a leading provider of global interconnection services, have announced plans to offer participants of the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange (ECEE) a single point of contact for managing the complexity associated with global, exchange-based, end-to-end managed Ethernet services.

Equinix will offer ECEE participants the option to utilize Neutral Tandem’s EtherCloudSM Layer-2 connectivity network and platform to streamline and accelerate Ethernet service delivery into new markets. Neutral Tandem’s unique global footprint offers regional operators and multi-national carriers a channel for expansion into over 70 countries, including tier-two and tier-three markets. Utilizing Neutral Tandem’s EtherCloud service, ECEE participants are able to save time and reduce complexity with a single source for managing multi-carrier local loop arrangements, E-NNI agreements, service provisioning, SLAs, and more.

The planned combination of ECEE and Neutral Tandem’s EtherCloud platform is ideally positioned to address the needs of customers in the network, cloud and financial services markets, enabling them to capitalize on higher-margin Layer 2 and Layer 3 services as they expand into new markets.

“Carriers with significant expansion plans in regions where they have limited presence need to understand the reach afforded by different Ethernet exchange providers, and weigh this against other approaches,” said Scott Morrison, managing vice president for Communications Service Provider Markets in Gartner Research. [Gartner, Jan 26, 2011 Emerging Technology Analysis: Ethernet Exchanges Will Change Network Buying Patterns]

“Unlike other offerings, the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange is focused on expanding the buy-sell dynamic between networks and non-network communities, namely the cloud and financial ecosystems,” said Jim Poole, general manager, global networks & mobility for Equinix. “Together with Neutral Tandem, we’re helping solve a very critical problem: how to drive more services into more markets. We’re giving participants in our Ethernet Exchange a single point of contact in Neutral Tandem to manage the delivery of Ethernet and VPLS services on a global scale.”

Neutral Tandem selected Equinix to propagate its EtherCloud offering due to the reach of Equinix’s interconnection business across multiple business ecosystems, including financial services and cloud.

“Neutral Tandem’s proven track record with interconnecting carriers, combined with Equinix’s strategic data center locations, will form an attractive combination,” comments Surendra Saboo, Neutral Tandem president and COO.  “With this planned collaboration, Equinix customers will be able to leverage Neutral Tandem’s expansive network, while our customers will have access to the hundreds of customers in Equinix’s strategic IBX locations.”

Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange

The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange delivers value to its participants by combining large scale Ethernet interconnectivity with a global ecosystem of partners and customers, including 680 operator partners, all securely housed in Equinix’s market-leading IBX data centers. The ECEE provides scalable connectivity and secure layer 2 global Ethernet reach for its members, and the opportunity for access to new channels of revenue.

Neutral Tandem EtherCloud

EtherCloud is a Layer 2 platform connecting diverse partner networks into a seamless Ethernet cloud that delivers end-to-end connectivity around the world. It relies on a global MPLS backbone as a distributed switched network, present at 120 PoPs in four continents, to interconnect partners’ networks, through standardized E-NNIs. By interconnecting partner networks to create one holistic Ethernet cloud, EtherCloud enables users to both source and sell Ethernet Point-to-Point, Point-to-multipoint and Any-to-Any (VPLS), allowing them to create high performance connectivity solutions for all Global Ethernet WAN requirements. EtherCloud provides a one-stop-shop to connect anywhere in the world.

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