Equinix, Inc., the leading provider of network-neutral data centres and Internet exchange services, today announced that it will host a new event in Singapore as part of the company’s ongoing Peering Forum series. The forum will feature educational sessions from experts on technical best practices as well as in-depth presentations focused on network and content peering methodologies and strategies across Asia Pacific and beyond.
The theme for the forum is “The Emerging Wave of Content,” featuring an exciting lineup of educational sessions from industry experts. Featured presentations include: Matthew Sturgess from Limelight Networks, presenting on “Delivering the Digital Lifestyle”; Che Hoo Cheng from Flag Telecom, presenting on “Keep Intra-Asia Traffic within Asia”; Arthur Cheong of Starhub, presenting on “Regional ISP Peering Experiences”; Gaurab Raj Upadhaya from Packet Clearing House, presenting on “Analyzing AS-PATH to decipher Peering Relationships and BGP Anomalies”; and TRUE Corporation’s Dr. Anotai Ratt, presenting on “Peering Environments in Thailand & Areas of Growth in Content Traffic/Trends”.
A special content tutorial session, conducted by William Norton, cofounder and chief technical liaison of Equinix, will cover the foundations of content and peering. The tutorial includes topics such as “Why SingTel Won’t Peer?” and the Peering Simulation game. Norton, who will chair the forum, will also present his notes on “The Next Wave of Massive Disruptions to the Peering Ecosystem.” The paper, researched over the last four years with hundreds of peering coordinators, addresses how increased Internet access bandwidth, utilization and dependency on existing infrastructure deployed across Asia result in a greater reliance on the interconnect infrastructure.
With the growing popularity of broadband access services and Internet content in Singapore and throughout Asia Pacific, it is increasingly important for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content providers to have a high performance yet low cost IP interconnect strategy that is tailored to each individual market. Peering is a key element of these strategies, as it allows network service providers, content companies and content distributors to directly connect to each other and eliminate intermediate network backbones. This streamlined connectivity between networks and content providers enhances performance, reliability and reduces transit costs.
"As demand for content grows in Asia Pacific, it has become increasingly important for both content providers and ISPs to build mutually beneficial relationships that increase the performance of their services while reducing cost," said Samuel Lee, Vice President of Equinix Asia Pacific. "Equinix's network neutral data centres provide the ideal meeting environment for such relationships.”
In addition to the technical presentations, a key objective of this forum will be to present participants with opportunities to establish beneficial peering relationships. Equinix’s Gigabit Peering Forums have drawn hundreds of participants from leading network service providers and content companies such as Starhub, T-Systems, KDDI, MCI, Navitaire, and Yahoo!®
The forum will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 5, 2006. The Singapore forum is the sixth Peering Forum hosted by Equinix in Asia Pacific. Equinix will host the next forum in Sydney in November.
Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services for enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network services providers. Through the company’s Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX®) centers in 11 markets in the U.S. and Asia, customers can directly interconnect with every major global network and ISP for their critical peering, transit and traffic exchange requirements. These interconnection points facilitate the highest performance and growth of the Internet by serving as neutral and open marketplaces for Internet infrastructure services, allowing customers to expand their businesses while reducing costs.
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