Sunday, January 9, 2011

Spread Networks Builds Low-Latency Interconnect with Equinix

Spread Networks, a new a privately owned telecommunications provider that has built a low latency Ethernet wave network connecting New York and Chicago, has built a link into Equinix's New York (NY4) International Business Exchange data center in Secaucus, NJ. The new route was trenched between Carteret, NJ and the Equinix NY4 IBX data center in Secaucus. The Equinix NY4 IBX data center in Secaucus hosts many financial market participants including the Boston Options Exchange and Direct Edge, and improves network availability through interconnection to strategic financial partners that require optimized network routes.

  • In August, Spread Networks unveiled its network, which operates along a completely new 825 mile route. The company cited round-trip latency of 13.33 milliseconds for its tests. Most connections between these financial centers have operated along railroad rights of way that avoided mountainous construction ducts in central Pennsylvania.

  • Spread Networks is headed by Jim Barksdale (Chairman), who also is Chairman and President of Barksdale Management Corporation and former CEO of Netscape and AT&T Wireless, and David Barksdale (CEO). Its technical team includes Michael Strickland (Senior Vice President, Technology and Engineering), who previously was Director of Network Architecture, Engineering and Deployment at Level 3.