Thursday, April 2, 2009

Atrium Networks establishes point of presence at Equinix Geneva data centre

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, has announced that Atrium Network, a provider of smarter connectivity for the financial community, has expanded operations to the Equinix GV1 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Atrium Network's new point of presence (POP) will provide financial customers operating in Equinix's GV1 centre with access to Atrium Network's low latency connectivity solutions. It will also provide Atrium Network with proximity to Geneva's influential financial centre which will enable its customers to seamlessly expand their trading operations.

Situated in the heart of the city, the Equinix GV1 IBX data centre is a carrier-neutral facility, offering Geneva's banking and financial organisations access to an unrivalled choice of telecom operator and internet access provider networks. The deal with Atrium Network further extends this choice. In addition to offering high-performance, low latency connectivity, the Equinix centre also offers a full range of co-location, interconnection, support and monitoring services.

"Equinix's Geneva data centre houses a critical mass of financial services firms, and they all require highly resilient connectivity services to facilitate their business operations. Our strategy is to provide them with access to the widest possible choice of networks," said Petrina Steele, vice president, business development, Equinix Europe. "Atrium Network is an important addition to our portfolio as it gives our Geneva clients access to even more liquidity pools, all through a single point of connectivity."

Since launching in 2006, Atrium Network's strategy has been to extend its connectivity footprint. In addition to its new deployment in Geneva, the company has POPs in Equinix IBX centres in London and Frankfurt, both of which have large Equinix Financial eXchange communities of financial market participants. Atrium also operates POPs in Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Brussels, New York, Chicago and São Paulo.

Commenting on the opening, Emmanuel Carjat, Chief Executive of Atrium Network said, "The opening of our Geneva POP at Equinix is another step in Atrium Network's strategic development and adds to our Europeaan footprint with a goal of providing clients single point, low latency access to the principal exchanges, ECNs and MTFs. Our partnership with Equinix allows its GV1 financial customers to reach venues all across Europe and North and South America. This, coupled with 'Exchange Ring', our ultra low latency connectivity to multiple trading venues, allows us to help clients mitigate the risk of any unnecessary co-location investment and ensure lowest possible latency access to all available trading venues.

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