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FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced that Hulu, an online video service, is utilizing Equinix Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX®) centers for the delivery of their free streaming service, which recently opened to the public.

Hulu offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies, and more at Hulu.com and other destination sites online, including AOL, Comcast’s Fancast.com, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! Hulu’s selection of premium programming is provided by leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television Group and many others.

Hulu will use Equinix’s network-rich data center environment to directly connect with an aggregation of network service providers that link to end-users. Equinix’s centers offer immediate and direct access to a critical mass of leading carriers, ISPs and network service providers within the same physical location. By operating within this Internet ecosystem, Hulu will have the opportunity to directly link with these companies, rather than connecting to them in multiple, disparate locations and over long distances. This direct connectivity reduces bottlenecks in the path between content and end-users, providing improved performance levels.

Equinix’s centers will also provide Hulu with a secure and redundant physical infrastructure with a strong track record of uptime. Power operations at each center include a high-performance backup system that guarantees uninterrupted power even in the event of utility power disruption. Security features include interlocking "mantrap" doors, multiple layers of biometric hand-geometry scanners controlling access, as well as 24-hour security officers and hundreds of surveillance cameras.

“The much anticipated launch of Hulu.com is breaking new ground in the delivery of streaming video, giving consumers entertainment choices when and where they want, free of charge,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “As rich applications, such as streaming video, have a low tolerance for latency, Hulu and others have found that operating in the same physical environment as an aggregated mass of their strategic network connectivity partners offers a much more efficient means to reliably deliver content that the traditional model.”

Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX)

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