Extending to New, Customer-driven Markets in North America
Foster City, CA and Tampa, FL-October 21, 2009 - Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and Switch & Data Facilities Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDXC), a leading provider of data center and Internet exchange services, have entered a definitive agreement for Equinix to acquire Switch and Data in a transaction valued at approximately $689 million in cash and stock, based on yesterday's market close. The combination of the two companies will further strengthen Equinix's leadership position in the global data center services market by extending the company's presence to 16 new markets across North America. Equinix will integrate Switch and Data's data center business and operations, including the company's 34 data centers in 22 markets in the U.S. and Canada. The acquisition will add more than one million gross square feet of data center capacity, bringing Equinix's total global footprint to 79 data centers in 34 markets and more than six million square feet across the North American, European and Asia-Pacific markets. It will allow Equinix to immediately expand into new strategicmarkets, including Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Seattle and Toronto, as well as provide a platform for future expansion of Switch and Data assets.