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Sphera Optical Networks Teams With Equinix to Provide Metro Core Services.

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Leading Metro Core Network Operator will Provide Equinix IBX

Participants with Optical Connectivity

Sphera Optical Networks, Inc., a leading optical metro core network provider, and Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), creator and operator of neutral Internet Business Exchange(TM) (IBX(TM)) centers, today announced that Sphera will connect its next-generation DWDM networks into Equinix IBX centers nationwide. As a part of the deal, Sphera will deliver the latest in network services to the aggregation of enterprises and Internet companies participating in Equinix's open marketplaces for Internet infrastructure services.

By offering services at Equinix's IBX centers, Sphera can provide Equinix IBX participants with immediate, highly reliable bandwidth to major carrier hotels, collocations facilities, data centers and other service providers within the metro core.

"As Equinix IBX centers serve as hubs for Internet infrastructure services, we are pleased to have the high capacity metro networks from Sphera available for our IBX customers," said Jay Adelson, CTO of Equinix. "With Sphera's network service offerings, IBX participants can transport protocol independent traffic, including SONET, SDH, fiber channel, ATM and IP, over a single optical network infrastructure."

Sphera operates its expanding, worldwide, metropolitan area networks at the infrastructure transport level, providing Equinix IBX participants with a single source that addresses demand for ever-growing high-capacity connections. Sphera will also offer its advanced network management capabilities in Equinix centers.

In addition to this agreement, Sphera has joined the Equinix MATRIX (Marketplace and Transactions Internet eXchange), which combines a browser-based, automated platform that enables transactions to be generated in Equinix's IBX centers between its customers and partners, such as Sphera.

"This agreement is important to Sphera, Equinix and their IBX customers," said Harold Grossnickle, chairman and CEO for Sphera Optical Networks. "Connectivity, in key metro areas will become more responsive to changing customer requirements, allowing faster provisioning intervals and a new level of network efficiency. A partnership with a hub of Internet exchange like Equinix allows us to continue to eliminate the metro-bandwidth-bottlenecks that choke IP connectivity at critical points."

About Equinix

Equinix designs, builds and operates neutral IBX(TM) centers (Internet Business Exchange(TM) centers) which provide enterprises, content providers, ASPs and e-commerce companies with the power to choose from a wide variety of Internet partners. These centers facilitate the growth of the Internet and serve as the core of IP network interconnection for the 21st century. Equinix IBX centers are designed from the ground up to provide enterprises and Internet companies with service delivery, availability of bandwidth from multiple networks, scalable interconnection, complete neutrality and multi-level physical security. ISPs, bandwidth providers and infrastructure services providers have access to the services and customers they require to build and expand their businesses. Equinix customers include Cable & Wireless, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Excite@Home, EYT (formerly Ernst & Young Technologies), IBM, InterNAP, Loudcloud, Ogilvy & Mather, StorageNetworks, Inc., WorldCom, and Yahoo!. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at

About Sphera Optical Networks

Sphera Optical Networks, headquartered in New York City, is a first to market, optical metropolitan core infrastructure provider of high capacity services using the latest DWDM technology. It currently provides networks in key metro areas such as New York, Northern New Jersey, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles and London, U.K. Providing customers with high capacity bandwidth on demand, Sphera sets a new industry standard for performance and efficiency by creating an environment of reduced provisioning intervals, expanded network reach, protocol independence, reliability and advanced network management capabilities for carriers, ISPs, ASPs and worldwide service providers. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to Equinix's business outlook and bookings. Actual results may differ from expectations due to a number of factors, including: the challenges of building and operating IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; competition from existing and new competitors; the risk that customers who have placed orders may not install or may delay installations; and the ability to open new IBX centers and deliver services when requested by our customers. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risk and uncertainties described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the SEC. In particular, see Equinix's quarterly and annual reports filed with the SEC. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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Date:Apr 16, 2001
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