Hurricane Electric expands Asia, European presence in 17 Equinix data centers

Hurricane Electric is extending its IPv4 and IPv6 networks in 17 of Equinix's International Business Exchange data centers in both Asia and Europe.

The service provider said its expanded presence in Equinix's data centers is being done in "anticipation of rapid global Internet traffic growth and the widespread migration to IPv6 as the Internet of Things becomes fully realized."

A key development will be the growth of IPv6 traffic. Today, IPv6 traffic makes up only 4 percent of global IP traffic, but the ongoing decline of IPv4 addresses means that IPv6 will be the only option to address the estimated 40 billion Internet-connected devices projected to go online by 2020.

Mike Leber, president, Hurricane Electric, said in a release that this latest pact with Equinix is part of a broader goal to be present in 100 countries.

"We are live in 22 countries now, many through Equinix, and look forward to realizing our goal of being present in 100 countries by continuing to proliferate our offerings through strategic colocations," Leber said.

One European market where Hurricane Electric's expansion will be helpful is Germany, particularly Munich and Frankfurt, where IPv6 penetration has ramped over the past six months.

Besides Frankfurt and Munich, Hurricane Electric recently deployed facilities in Hong Kong (HK1). It also built onto its existing points of presence (PoP) in Chicago (CH1), Dallas (DA1), Los Angeles (LA1), New York (NY9), Paris (PA2), Seattle (SE2), Silicon Valley (SV1 and SV8), Singapore (SG1), Tokyo (TY2), Toronto (TR1), Washington, D.C., (DC2) and Zurich (ZH1).

For more:
- see the release

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