Friday, June 24, 2011

Equinix trends appear solid, says RBC Capital


>>After conducting checks, RBC Capital doesn't expect the company to have any churn surprises. The firm expects the company to expand to new geographic markets and it maintains an Outperform rating on the stock.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stock Exchanges Ain’t What They Used To Be

from Forbes:

>>John Knuff, general manager of global financial services at Equinix, said his company serves 50 global exchanges, including 8 of the top 11. It provides secure POPs (Points of Presence) to the NYSE all over the world.

“Typically we have the exchange infrastructure in our data centers for two purposes. One is to provide access nodes where the exchange creates a POP for customers to access their infrastructure. The second model is the exchanges put their matching engines in the center.”

For example, Equinix provides an access node for the Australian Security Exchange from the Equinix Chicago data center so firms in Chicago can connect directly to the Sydney Futures Exchange. Exchanges which place their matching engines in Equinix centers include the ISE, Direct Edge and the CBOE C2.

The NYSE completed their customer access strategy first, with Equinix providing its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) POPs.

“Now they are overlaying products and services on top of that. Having been in the markets running an infrastructure for electronic trading, I have seen that aspect is sometimes forgotten — how are people going to get to this exchange? I think one of the advantages of the NYSE offering is the on-ramps which make it easy to get to their service offering.”

He sees this attention to customer access as a fast-moving trend.

“in two years, most of the exchanges will have a global presence, especially the top 15 or 20. They will have storefronts in the major financial markets like ASX in Chicago. Once once they have that access strategy and a reach, it is easy to access their product and service offerings from anywhere in the world, then they can layer on services like the NYSE plans.”

Amazon to launch tablet PCs in August-September

from Digitimes:

>>Amazon adopts processors developed by Texas Instruments, with Taiwan-based Wintek to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs and Quanta Computer responsible for assembly, the sources indicated. Monthly shipments are expected to be 700,000-800,000 units.

Virtacore Systems Announces Disaster Recovery in the Cloud Offering

Virtacore Infrastructure-as-a-Service Model Provides Businesses More Options to Restore Data Quickly and Effectively Than With Traditional Disaster Recovery Methods

STERLING, VA, Jun 22, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Virtacore Systems, Inc., an industry leader in hybrid cloud services, announced today the availability of the company's Disaster Recovery in the Cloud offering that provides users significantly enhanced flexibility and control in their backup and recovery plans. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering also enables companies to determine the level of resources needed to meet their internal backup and recovery needs, while choosing the ideal location of their backed-up data.

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud provides organizations with flexible ways to control their data backup and recovery by offering hot, warm and cold site options, where a company can choose the frequency and location at which data is backed up (RPO and RTO). Virtacore's VMware-powered clouds provide the security so that your data is protected, and due to the fact that the data is backed up in the cloud, it is available anywhere. Virtacore also offers global options as to the location of your backed-up data, all hosted in world-class Equinix facilities.

"Organizations today realize the importance of disaster recovery and are looking to the cloud for flexibility and control," said George Naspo, CEO of Virtacore Systems. "Growing companies want simple, effective and secure ways to back up their data. Virtacore's Disaster Recovery in the Cloud allows companies to choose how often and in how many locations data is backed up and stored."

In today's market, most organizations recognize the importance of moving data back up to the cloud in order to have access to the proper tools and processes to restore and move data during an outage in a cost effective way. Disaster Recovery in the Cloud offers businesses the benefit of having their data backed up in multiple locations around the globe with the ability to move quickly and aid the rapid restoration of data. With seven layers of physical security in Virtacore's datacenter and a team of experts handling cloud data security for thousands of customers, companies have confidence in their ability to provide a comprehensive solution to address disaster recovery and backup needs.

About Virtacore Systems Virtacore Systems is a leading provider of hybrid cloud services, offering solutions to the developer market with vCloud Express (public cloud) and the middle market with the Virtacore Private Cloud, through the company's VMware-based unified platform. Virtacore is the only company to offer seamless migration of data to/from public, managed private and internal private clouds, using VMware technology. To learn more, visit .