Hibernia Atlantic has extended its Global Financial Network into the NY-2 and NY-4 facilities of Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) in Secaucus NJ, hooking into the Equinix Financial eXchange. The Hibernia hybrid longhaul/metro footprint can now connect Secaucus, Chicago, and London without passing through NYC itself. The more direct routes have the benefit of lower latency, which is all the rage in the financial world right now.
If these two Equinix facilities sound familiar, and especially so when talking about financial services and latency, it is because just last week Lexent Metro Connect announced the construction of a new ultra-low latency route across the Hudson. While I'm still trying to officially confirm that the GFN is riding this new route, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it probably is. Hibernia partners with 5 different dark fiber providers in the NY area and hooks up many carrier hotels and large data centers, but these three would seem to make very natural partners. Each is a pure play in its own field - colocation, metro dark fiber, and transatlantic bandwidth - but stack them together and they almost look vertically integrated - at least in the NY area.
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