SOURCE: Virtacore Systems, Inc.

Virtacore Systems, Inc.

August 24, 2010 08:00 ET

Virtacore Taps Equinix Global Platform to Build Infrastructure-as-a-Service Bridging Public and Private VMware Clouds

Global Footprint, Network Neutrality Make Equinix Ideal Partner

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -  Virtacore Systems, Inc., a leading provider of cloud solutions designed for the midmarket, today announced it has chosen Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, as the primary partner for Virtacore's new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), delivered via Virtacore's vCore™ platform. Virtacore will leverage Equinix's global platform of International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers and services to deploy its new offering that will bridge public and private VMware Clouds.

Virtacore's vCore platform is the first in the market to provide a unified management console and seamless upgrade between VMware vCloud™ Express, a pay-as-you go, on-demand, self-service cloud offering, and private and hybrid VMware-virtualized environments. Virtacore will use Equinix's global platform to deliver both vCloud Express and its more customized vFabric™ private cloud offering, created for organizations with complex hosting needs.

"Our past success with Equinix has made us very confident that Equinix is the right platform partner for what we believe is the industry's best infrastructure-as-a-service offering," said Tom Kiblin, CEO of Virtacore. "Equinix's global presence, rich network connectivity and keen operational focus mean we can deliver the reliability and performance customers in the midmarket require, and that we can deploy it with an on-demand approach while scaling up within new geographies."

Virtacore customer INDUS Corporation has deployed applications and services using both on-premise virtualization and external cloud resources and enhanced the flexibility and scalability of its offerings. "The solution we've put together has completely changed our IT support without disrupting the business," noted John Foley, Senior IT Manager for INDUS. "Specifically, I can add value rather than waste time on risk mitigation, and I no longer have to worry about our systems going down or our ability to scale. Instead, I can focus on new ways IT can better service the business and improve our bottom line."

Virtacore already manages over 10,000 virtual environments in Equinix IBX data centers located throughout North America. Virtacore expects this number to grow quickly as organizations adopt its newly launched vCore platform.

"Middle market companies want a simple and affordable path to the efficiencies of the cloud, with adequate power and a clear upgrade option," added Kiblin. "The partnership with Equinix strengthens our position as VMware's only vCloud Express partner to deliver a single point of control for hybrid clouds."

"Virtacore has a clear vision, an intimate understanding of its target customers' needs, and rock-solid partnerships with industry mainstays such as VMware," said Vince DiMemmo, general manager, Cloud and IT Services for Equinix. "We offer a global, critical mass of networks combined with unique interconnection and exchange services, enabling leaders in the cloud ecosystem, like Virtacore, to improve application performance, enhance the end-user experience and reduce service delivery costs. We look forward to a great partnership with Virtacore to provide highly innovative cloud solutions to its customers."

About Virtacore Systems
Virtacore Systems is passionate about our customers' success in Cloud Computing. Since our inception in 2002 as Defender Hosting, we have delivered world-class yet cost-effective hosting, managed services and Cloud solutions tailored to our customers' unique needs. In 2009, Virtacore Systems was born when IKANO, a leading enabler of Internet services and IP solutions, acquired and rebranded Defender Hosting. Over 10,000 virtual environments are under our care in state-of-the-art Tier 3 Equinix facilities throughout North America. We are one of only five exclusive partners to offer solutions built on VMware's vCloud Express. We are also the premium provisioning partner for Google Apps for Service Providers. SAS 70 Type II certification, along with rave reviews from our customers for our superior support and proactive service, further validate our position as a leader in the Cloud Computing industry.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, cloud, content and financial companies, and more than 595 network service providers rely upon Equinix to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 90 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) and partner data centers across 35 metro areas in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Learn more at: http://www.equinix.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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