Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Telxius, Telefónica’s infrastructure subsidiary, have announced that they are working together on U.S. facilities and services for the next-generation cable landing station architecture for the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems. The two subsea cables will terminate in the U.S. directly into the MAREA and BRUSA cable landing station located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the capacity will extend the backhaul capacity into Equinix DC2 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center.


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Equinix global IBX data centers extend the backhaul capacity of a subsea cable system directly into a high-density data center. This new architecture simplifies network design, offers access to networks, clouds and IT service providers and allows access for customers. Leveraging the power of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), Equinix customers will have direct access to the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems via a cross connect from any IBX data center.

The MAREA subsea cable, which Telxius has recently opened for business, is a joint project with Facebook and Microsoft. It is the highest capacity subsea cable system built across the Atlantic, consisting of eight fiber pairs that will stretch 4,000 miles connecting Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Sopelana (near Bilbao), Spain. Telxius is responsible for the operation of the cable and leverages its IP, capacity, colocation and security services through it. Telxius has partnered with Equinix to develop and deploy the cable landing station architecture in the Equinix DC2 IBX to support the MAREA subsea cable system.

Telxius is also building BRUSA, a new subsea cable over 6,800 miles in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil, with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. BRUSA is on time to be completed by mid-2018. It will provide eight fiber pairs, offering leading-edge technology which will allow BRUSA to support ultrafast transmission capacity and to increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultra-high-speed broadband services. BRUSA is set to offer one of the lowest latency communication links between two of the largest economies in the region, the U.S. and Brazil. Telxius has points of presence (PoPs) in more than 20 Equinix IBX data centers around the globe to support the Telxius network, including DC2 and DC6; MI1 and MI2; SP1, SP2, SP3 and SP4; RJ1 and RJ2 at which the Marea and BRUSA cable systems terminate.

Equinix is home to 1,700+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers on its global platform across 52 top markets on five continents. The company calls itself the Home of the Interconnected Cloud™.

Jon Hjembo, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Research, TeleGeography, said, “As content providers increasingly drive subsea network development across all routes, pushing traffic on low-latency paths to end users, we can expect to see more cables backhauling optical transmission directly into major data centers. The launches of MAREA and BRUSA fuel this trend, making Equinix’s Ashburn (Virginia) campus a direct aggregation node for traffic traversing both the trans-Atlantic and U.S.-Latin America routes.”