Foster City, California – (The Hosting News) – October 13, 2005 – Network data center provider, Equinix, Inc., has announced that Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest
searchable directory of adoptable pets on the web, has signed an agreement
to establish operations within one of Equinix’s New York area Internet
Business ExchangeT (IBXR) centers.
Â The deployment to Equinix will support
the operations of Petfinder.com’s ongoing mission to help animal placement
organizations find homes for their homeless pets, as well as support their
new Animal Emergency Response Network, a service that will help match animal
victims and caretakers during times of emergency or natural disaster.
Petfinder.com offers an online, searchable database of over 190,000 animals
that need homes, as well as a directory of more than 9,000 animal shelters
and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
company’s recently launched Animal Emergency Response Network provides a
collaborative database that links information from the public and emergency
response organizations, making it available to rescuers, victims and
volunteers.Â In order to ensure the highest levels of performance and uptime
for the database and web infrastructure supporting the Network,
Petfinder.com requires reliable and secure access to the networks supporting
its end-users as well as a high-performance data center environment in which
to host their operations.
By expanding to Equinix’s network-rich New York center, Petfinder.com can
directly access a large aggregation of network service providers offering
connectivity to end-users, within a single centralized location, rather than
reaching these strategic partners in multiple disparate locations.
Equinix’s industry-leading data center environment also provides
Petfinder.com with a secure and redundant physical platform for IT
operations. Power operations include a high-performance backup system that
provides 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.
Betsy Saul, President and CEO of Petfinder.com described the decision to go with Equinix, ”The recent hurricanes in the Gulf States have highlighted both the human
and animal toll of natural disasters and the need for an efficient and
reliable system of linking animals and caregivers. With our expansion to Equinix, we will
deploy a high-performance IT and connectivity infrastructure that will
support our ongoing mission as well as the Animal Emergency Response Network
during times of crisis.”
”We are pleased to work with Petfinder.com which regularly provides a much
needed service of connecting potential owners with the overwhelming
population of homeless pets, as well as providing an important service
during emergency situations,” said Margie Backaus, Chief Business Officer
for Equinix. ”For companies such as Petfinder.com that require, on an
everyday basis, reliable and efficient connectivity for critical database
applications, Equinix provides a combination of state-of-the-art physical
centers with access to a large aggregation of networks to ensure the highest
levels of uptime and performance.”