REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – October 23, 2013 – Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has appointed Ihab Tarazi as chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Tarazi is responsible for Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) network operations, platform strategy, leading the next generation technology and innovation function and contributing to the company's cloud initiatives.
Highlights / Key Facts
- Tarazi joins Equinix from Verizon where, as vice president of Enterprise Network Services, he was responsible for product strategy, life cycle management, technology and development for Verizon Network products including IP, Ethernet and transport to support retail and wholesale customers. He recently served as chairman for the Metro Ethernet Forum delivering industry innovation in Ethernet technology.
- Tarazi began his career at MCI where he held various executive positions in Network Planning and Engineering and led the expansion of enterprise services globally to Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering and telecommunications from the University of Maryland and his M.S. in telecommunications management from Southern Methodist University.
- Steve Smith, CEO & president, Equinix:
"Equinix is a forward-thinking company focused on staying ahead of market trends to deliver leading interconnection services to our customers around the world. Ihab's depth of technology experience and vision will further enhance the customer experience for the more than 4,400 companies that leverage Platform Equinix."
- Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix:
"I am pleased to join Equinix at what is a very exciting time in the company's history. As chief technology officer, I look forward to furthering Equinix's mission of protecting, connecting and powering the digital economy by cultivating a rich interconnected ecosystem of the world's leading businesses."
Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), connects more than 4,400 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world’s most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 31 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. 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.