network is fully switched with top quality components from Cisco Systems.
entire NOC is wired with 100 Mbps UTP Category 5 wiring.
data center has 2 DS-3ís (45 Mbps) and 1 OC3 (155 Mbps) on separate
and diverse backbones (UUNET, Genuity and Global Frontier).
secondary data center is available at all times.
|The NOC receives 1200 amps of power through secure underground cables|
battery backup provides all equipment with uninterrupted power
extended outages, a 250 kw natural gas-powered generator provides
power protection for servers and business critical applications
|1 - 25 GB HDD on each hosting server for daily backups|
|Several 500 GB multi-tape backup systems connected via sub-net|
800 MHz Pentium III processors
- 9 GB SCSI Main Drives
MB RAM minimum configuration
The network utilizes Border Gate Protocol (BGP4). BGP4 protocol is the standard that allows for routing of packets of information sent out from the network, thus creating a truly redundant network by routing traffic over the most efficient route possible. Due to the redundant entirely-switched Cisco-powered network, data is automatically redirected through another route in the event of a router failure. Should one of the backbone providers fail, packets are automatically redirected through another one.
The system includes top-of-the-line Cisco Systems 7000 series backbone grade routers on the core layer and Layer 3 switching on the distribution layer, providing superior segmentation and increased bandwidth across the backbone. Each server is connected to it's own switched 100 Mbps port, reducing congestion. This configuration provides maximum uptime in the event one of the providers faces an outage. Bandwidth utilization is continuously monitored, allowing accommodation of even the largest bandwidth surges.
It is a misconception that the amount of bandwidth (size of the pipes that carry the data) differentiate web hosting companies. But in reality it is not the size of the pipe that matters, it is the utilization levels that do matter. The system has multiple redundant connections which allow it to guarantee a maximum of 60 per cent capacity utilization at peak times and an average of 40 per cent utilization across the network.
In addition to multi-homed connections, 24/7 network monitoring is provided at the Network Operations Center (NOC) located in the US. The NOC monitors the HTTP port, and conducts Ping tests every 5 minutes to determine if the servers are active. In the event that a port is unreachable, an email is sent to every member of the technical staff. Additionally, the NOC provides the engineers with real-time status, notification and forecasting of network events. The data center is monitored 24/7 by highly qualified network engineers and administrators.
Copyright 2001, Jim Hermann.