Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Generali France Puts Equinix at the Heart of its Business Continuity Plan

Press Release:

Operational excellence and dense connectivity ensure optimum availability and performance for France’s second largest general insurance company

PARIS, FRANCE, November 25, 2010 – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Generali France, the second largest general insurance company in France, has chosen Equinix as an essential component of its business continuity plan. By extending its infrastructure into Equinix's flagship Saint-Denis campus in Paris, Generali will benefit from Equinix’s industry leading operational excellence and dense operator ecosystem- for optimum uptime and performance for its customers.

Based in Paris, Generali France insures more than six million clients, including 560,000 companies and professionals. As the insurer continues to expand and grow its customer base, the need to enhance service and uptime levels has become increasingly important, particularly in such a competitive market. Generali decided to look for a new data center provider that would become an integral part of the company’s business continuity plan and be interconnected with Generali’s other hosting providers in the Paris metro.

Following a thorough market review, Generali chose Equinix based on the skill and expertise of its teams and the technical superiority of the Saint-Denis campus, which meets the strict power capacity and redundancy criteria stipulated by the group. Equinix's expanding global footprint was also a decisive factor as it is ideally positioned to support Generali’s own growth.

"As we are focused on business continuity, we were very sensitive to certain technical criteria, particularly those linked to capacity, power management and redundancy,” said Marie-Christine Moullart, Manager of the Operations department at Generali France. “The first-class Equinix data centers will protect our infrastructure and ensure that it operates efficiency. The technical team has also been very receptive to our needs and is currently developing a reporting system that will provide detailed insight into energy and bandwidth use. This will enable us to closely monitor and optimize our infrastructure. Finally, we have been able to enhance performance even further by interconnecting with our operator of choice located at the Equinix Saint-Denis campus.”

Generali’s infrastructure is being installed in phases at Saint-Denis. Once the installation has been completed, the 200m2 business suite will be connected by fiber to Generali’s other IT rooms hosted in Paris, and a data replication process will begin.

"As IT performance is now so closely linked to a company’s ability to operate efficiently and profitably, we are very much aware of the importance of maintaining rigorous standards that meet the service level and business continuity requirements of large enterprises,” explained Michel Brignano, General Manager of Equinix France. “We are committed to improving these standards on a continuous basis so that market leaders such as Generali can be confident that their infrastructure is secure, allowing them to focus on their core business duties. As a business partner, we look forward to supporting Generali in both its current and future projects.”

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