Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FireHost Chooses Platform Equinix to Support European Expansion

Equinix London and Amsterdam facilities selected to provide high-performance, secure cloud hosting services

LONDON - January 13, 2012 - FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company, today announced that it has selected Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, to support its imminent European cloud hosting service launch. Equinix’s state-of-the-art LD5 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre in London will become FireHost’s primary data centre in Europe, with Equinix’s AM2 IBX in Amsterdam providing disaster recovery capabilities for the region.

FireHost specialises in secure cloud-based hosting solutions for organisations running websites and applications with critical data protection and performance needs, securing tens of thousands of websites for customers in 22 countries. The expansion of FireHost’s infrastructure into Europe addresses growing demand from European businesses, plus an increasing requirement to keep data within the European Union, and will provide existing and prospective customers with greater control over where they host their primary and backup operations.

FireHost required a colocation partner with the highest operational and security standards and a network-rich environment for customer connectivity. As well as meeting these requirements, Platform EquinixTM provides seamless global scalability and a rich ecosystem of more than 800 cloud and IT service providers and more than 4,000 potential customers to support future growth.

“The quality of Equinix’s data centres, together with its global reach and abundance of network operators, means it will provide the ideal platform for us to launch and then grow our European operations,” said Katrena Drake, director of European operations, FireHost. “FireHost’s solutions are recognised for being ultra-secure and ultra-reliable. In Equinix we have found a partner that shares these attributes and can help us replicate our award-winning US-based cloud hosting services in the European market.”

“FireHost stakes its reputation on the security and high performance of its services, so it’s a great endorsement of our standards-based approach that it will base its European operations in our data centres,” said Dick Theunissen, CMO, Equinix EMEA. “However, it is just as critical for FireHost to work with a data centre partner that can support its rapid growth trajectory. We hope that our mature cloud ecosystem and the constantly expanding Equinix Marketplace™ will provide Firehost with plentiful opportunities to expand its partner and customer base in the years to come.”

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