Takes Over Sprint Facility
Will sublease 160,000 square foot Santa Clara center, acquire related
Oct. 27, 2002 -- Internet exchange operator Equinix, Inc.
will sublease Sprint’s E|Solutions Internet Center in Santa Clara
and acquire some related assets, the two companies said today.
160,000 square foot data center, which hosts the web operations
of some of the top names in the Internet, will be Equinix’s 15th
facility and expand its global data center footprint to more than
1.2 million square feet in five countries.
The Santa Clara facility is one of eight data centers
targeted for sale or closure in June, when Sprint announced plans
to exit the web hosting business, laying off 500 workers and taking
a charge of at least $400 million.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Equinix will provide
services to existing Sprint customers at the facility, and can
begin moving its own customers in after Dec. 1. Sprint will continue
to provide transport services, but Equinix will offer a choice
of additional connectivity providers in keeping with its carrier-neutral
“Equinix has experienced solid and consistent demand for high
quality data center space in the Silicon Valley,” said Peter Van
Camp, CEO of Equinix. “We currently have a strong pipeline of
potential customers in the Silicon Valley and will now have additional
capacity to expand our footprint with minimal capital expenditures.”
has been seeking additional space in Silicon Valley to supplement
its existing data center in San Jose.
Sprint hosting centers identified for sale or closure includes
sites in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York
City and Sacramento, Calif. Houston hosting provider Vericenter
is reported to be interested in buying four of the sites.
Two other data centers in Kansas City and Reston, Va., will be
converted to other Sprint network functions.
provides core Internet exchange services that allow Internet infrastructure
companies, enterprises and content providers to grow, manage and
control their networks. Its customer list includes IBM, Google,
Sony Online, General Electric, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.