Our Servers are located at Ventures data centers
Data Center Features:
Redundant Connections to several Tier 1 providers
Multiple fiber paths
Multiple redundant power back-up
24 x 7 onsite staff
24 x 7 monitoring
HVAC, Separate cooling zones with over 60 tons of cooling
Multiple Levels of Security
Card key access
Multiple levels of Fire suppression
Early Warning System
FM-200 gas-based fire suppression system
Multiple redundant Power back-up
Continuous, uninterruptible power supply
Environmental Monitoring Systems maintain constant temperature and humidity
Routers and Equipment
Juniper Backbone Routers
Hewlett-Packard Gigabit Ethernet Switches
Routers have multiple connections to our backbone
Currently there is a full 2000 mbps (2GiG-E connections) supplying our Data
Center. In OC fiber line terms thats close to 3- OC-12 lines and 1- OC-3
The use of non-blocking gigabit devices throughout the network ensures regional
latency of a few milliseconds or less, suitable for the most demanding delay-sensitive
traffic. Use of redundant fiber rings ensures network reliability and availability.
The data center has connections to many different Internet backbones including
Qwest, AT&T, Level3, Genuity, Time Warner and Yipes. By connecting to multiple
tier 1 backbones, the data can be distributed through many sources. This architectural
design also means that the network connections are not dependent upon an single
Internet backbone. Thus when probems occur, traffic rerouting is automatic,
thereby ensuring the integrity of the network and continued access for our high-speed
This takes the term multi-homing to a whole new level. Presently
bandwidth utilization is 5% during peak traffic times. Therefore, the network
is very flexible. If one of the backbone connections experiences problems, the
traffic can simply be rerouted over other paths, thereby ensuring that users
receive fast access times to sites hosted on our network.
In addition, the network runs Border Gate Protocol (BGP4). BGP is used at a
provider with more than one access point to the Internet. It helps create a
truly redundant network. In fact, in an ideal situation, a lease line failure
should result in the BGP routing session to close on the bad leased line and
the router on a working circuit should then begin to accept the additional traffic.
In other words, traffic from a down circuit is redistributed across other circuits,
thereby maintaining network integrity. Providers that are multi-homed and correctly
setup can actually be more reliable than a single backbone provider because
they have multiple paths to multiple providers.
A provider's local area network is not often enough being seen as a point of
The two main sources of latency for a full-time Internet connection are the
user's local area network and the Internet provider's local area network. Ether
switches and high-end Juniper routers anchor the local network. This top-of-the-line
network hardware ensures that data requests get to their destination and back
out of the network as fast as possible.
We use ether switches instead of hubs because of their speed and their security
Whereas only one computer plugged into a hub can talk at one time, all the machines
connected to a switch can talk at the same time.
This means more data can travel through a switch and each server acts as its
own node on the network. Furthermore, since each server is its own node on the
network, it is difficult for hackers to trace data packets with sensitive information
(i.e. passwords) to a particular server.
Servers on the network do not share a single path (T3). Instead, the servers
are connected into a high-speed Ethernet switch. This switch is connected to
the core router at the data center.
From the core router, data is sent back to the end user across the fastest
available path. Whereas statically routing traffic over one path creates a single
point of failure, this distributed architecture ensures that users can access
data extremely quickly and have multiple paths both into and out of our network.