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Cloud Exchange, Performance Hub, Cracking 1,000 and Other Highlights of 2014

2014 was another very good year here at Equinix. We kept adding and expanding data centers, we hit a milestone with our network carriers, and we introduced some services and solutions that we think will impact our business and the industry for a long time. Here’s a short list, in no particular order, of the accomplishments we most want to celebrate about 2014 before it’s behind us.

Equinix Cloud ExchangeCloud Exchange Debuts – The Equinix Cloud Exchange debuted in the spring to a fair amount of buzz, and with good reason. Cloud Exchange helps customers get more out of the cloud by offering automated, direct and simultaneous connections to multiple cloud service providers. Customers can scale computing power up or down on demand, and basically build whatever cloud they need at any given moment. That kind of interconnection, it turns out, was in demand …

Cloud Exchange Expands – The world’s two largest public cloud service providers, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, were part of the Cloud Exchange when it rolled out, and we’ve since welcomed several others on board. We can’t list them all here, but we will drop a name or two, including Google Cloud Platform, IBM’s Softlayer and Cisco’s Intercloud. Our partners all make Equinix a better place to build a hybrid cloud and strengthen our claim as the home of the interconnected cloud.

Cracking 1,000 – After our founding, Equinix didn’t really start to become Equinix until we attracted the first carriers inside our network-neutral walls to exchange data traffic. Once we landed some of the leading networks, other carriers and companies (Internet service providers, etc.) came to Equinix to access them, and the number of networks grew. In 2014, we broke 1,000. It’s a nice number and a reminder that our founders were right on about a lot of things.

The Footprint Grows – Equinix’s global footprint continued to get bigger in 2014. We opened our fifth data center in Dallas, which strengthened that metro as a link between the east and west coasts and to Latin America. We also opened the second phase of AM3 in Amsterdam, finished expansions in Sao Paolo, Hong Kong and Sydney, and completed our acquisition of ALOG Data Centers of Brazil S.A.

Performance Hub Officially Introduced, Goes Global – We formally introduced Performance Hub in 2014 and announced not long afterward that it was available at each one of our 101 data centers worldwide. Performance Hub allows the enterprise to establish a network node closer to partners, customers and markets pretty much anywhere. That means better network and application performance, along with direct, secure connections.

IDC awards14-30-680pxTaking Home Trophies – We enjoy getting recognized for our work, and in 2014 we got the chance to enjoy it several times. Frost & Sullivan presented us with the 2014 Asia Pacific Data Center Green Innovation Leadership Award for leading the industry in implementing green initiatives and meeting strict energy efficiency requirements in Asia-Pacific. We also took the top spot in the Improved Data Center Energy Efficiency category at the DatacenterDynamics Asia Pacific Awards for our Energy Efficiency Project at SG1 in Singapore. And Cloud Exchange won “Best Data Centre Innovation” at the Global Carrier Awards ceremony in Amsterdam. Speaking of Amsterdam, the innovative cooling and energy-sharing design at AM3 carried Equinix to a win in the Environmental Sustainability category at this year’s International Datacentre and Cloud Awards. Also, Telecom Asia honored Equinix as its Best Service Provider for the second straight year.