Monday, October 5, 2009

Equinix Builds Carrier Ethernet Exchange with Alcatel-Lucent

Equinix announced plans for a pioneering Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform to enable the delivery of high-performance global Ethernet services across multiple carrier networks. Equinix is working with Alcatel-Lucent to define enhanced solutions for the exchange of data traffic between carriers providing Ethernet services. The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform will use Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio.

The companies said the Equinix platform will enable multi-provider carrier Ethernet interconnection that meets Metro Ethernet Forum standards. The partners will review a variety of solutions including Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (NNI) and additional services that leverage the density and breadth of networks operating within Equinix's centers. The solution will be delivered at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers globally using Alcatel-Lucent's service routing portfolio.

"Just as Equinix pioneered new solutions for IP and content peering, we are now looking into ways that we can apply our interconnection expertise to the challenges faced by carriers seeking to expand their Ethernet service offerings," said Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer for Equinix. "Our work with Alcatel-Lucent pairs the leader in colocation and network interconnection services with the top provider of carrier Ethernet interconnection technology to develop solutions aimed at addressing this critical market need."

"Equinix's new carrier neutral Ethernet exchange program is a natural extension of its existing IP interconnect offerings and gives a competitive edge to customers already interconnecting in Equinix POPs/carrier hotel locations," said Basil Alwan, President, Alcatel-Lucent IP Division. "By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's market-leading service routing solutions, Equinix is helping open up a whole new Ethernet market for carriers."


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