Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 concluded The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open comment period regarding WC Docket No. 19-308, which aims to address provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act. This targets regulations dealing with unbundling and resale requirements affecting incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The proposal, set forth by the FCC, would no longer require ILECs to unbundle services including DS-0, DS-1, DS-3, and voice-grade loops and dark fiber transport.
Over the past several decades, the telecom industry has become increasingly competitive because of provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act, which gave smaller companies existing infrastructure for resale at competitive prices. It led to providers, offering voice and data solutions. According to some ILECs, this competition fuels the debate that unbundling regulations has become unnecessary and restricted network growth.
Timeline to Transition
The regulations’ relaxation means ILECs are no longer required to allow access to existing and now outdated infrastructure in most areas. This forces many carriers who have come to depend on this network to find alternative methods of service delivery. While the FCC proposed three years to allow for a smooth transition, many carriers are concerned they are unable to competitively deliver services in rural areas, where network alternatives are not as common.
While legacy networks are ushered out of existence and customers face obtaining voice and data services during this transition period, 123NET plans to address it directly. Building high-speed fiber-optic networks throughout Michigan will be a larger priority than ever before.
Industry-Leading Connectivity Offers Customers Maximum Diversity in Fiber Transport
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 02, 2019 – 123.Net, Inc., (123Net) Detroit’s premier network & voice services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it is working with Switch to connect and offer new diverse connectivity with dual-fiber entrances into Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Switch customers now have the option to use 123Net’s connectivity resources at its Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids Michigan. Switch (NYSE: SWCH), is the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions.
123Net has been experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in automotive, manufacturing, health care, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among all of the cities throughout the state. Expanding 123Net’s fiber network into Switch operated data centers helps strengthen Michigan’s economy by providing businesses with more network options and more resilient services.
Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a hyperscale data center ecosystem with a capacity of over 1 million square feet. With its close proximity to Chicago (within 2.8ms), global businesses are taking advantage of this facility as they look to enter into the Michigan market. Benefits such as zero taxes, robust connectivity options, industry leading security, low latency and 100% uptime have enticed business from all over the region to look at Switch as a powerful business and technology partner.
As Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit industries continue to expand their reach throughout the state, 123Net remains focused on building network connectivity for local businesses to ensure growth and success.
“We’re excited to connect with Switch’s data center campus on the west side of Michigan,” said Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development at 123Net. “We’re dedicated to providing Michigan businesses and our partners with the best service possible. This month we lit our 1,200th building with fiber.”
Our Mission – Building network, to make Michigan communities and businesses the best connected on the planet!
When data center providers advertise their facilities’ redundancy, they are referring to the amount of backup power available. If utility failures occur due to severe weather, equipment failure or powerline damage, data centers with more redundant power will be better equipped to avoid costly periods of downtime.
Most data centers have systems in place to cut the risk of downtime. These systems can be categorized into N+1, 2N, and 2(N+1).
What is N+1?
A simplified way to look at N+1 is if you were ordering bagels for an office breakfast. There are 20 people working in your office and you decide to order one more bagel than needed just in case. “N” would represent the exact number of bagels you need (20), while the extra bagel is the “+1”. You would be showing up to work with N+1 or 21 bagels.
Applying this to data centers, “N” could stand for the number of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) modules needed. The “+1” would be one more module more than required. Having more power available than needed lowers the chance of downtime. Although N+1 is often called “parallel redundancy” these data centers are not fully redundant because they share common circuitry instead of being sourced from two separate fields.
What about 2N or 2N+1?
If you ordered bagels with a 2N mindset, you would order 20 bagels from one bagel shop and 20 more another shop. The 2N would stand for two times, or double, “N”, the number of bagels you would need. If one of the bagel shop loses your order, you will still have enough.
For data centers, having a 2N redundancy means you have twice the amount of equipment needed with no single point of failure. When extended power outages occur, 2N systems will be maintained without losing power to subsequent systems.
If a data center offers 2(N+1) redundancy that means it has double the amount of power equipment needed, plus an additional UPS module on each side. Referring to the bagel example, you would order 21 bagels from two different shops. If one of the shops doesn’t deliver and there is an issue with one of the bagels that does show up you will still have enough. For this reason, 2(N+1) data centers offer the highest guaranteed uptime.
123Net’s four 2(N+1) redundant data centers come with a 100 percent power uptime Service Level Agreement. If your business cannot afford losing access to mission-critical applications, you should consider collocating at 123Net. To learn more power redundancy, schedule a data center tour with 123Net today. Visit https://www.123.net/data-center/
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is often referred to as internet telephony or internet calling. Essentially, voice calls are sent over an IP network, such as the public internet or a corporate intranet, rather than traditional phone lines. This network can also act as your business’s data network, simplifying network management by combining services.
Benefits of VoIP
VoIP pricing is generally very cost-effective, as it combines data and voice services over a single network. Furthermore, “local” and “long distance” calls frequently receive the same flat rate. By routing calls through the internet, VoIP can be used across multiple locations, mobile devices, and cloud systems, making it extremely versatile. Finally, VoIP is often easier to work with as lines are added with little configuration required and telecommunications companies are committed to continuing to upgrade and update VoIP services, though upgrades are less frequent with the advanced equipment VoIP utilizes.
123Net’s Voice Services
Many companies are making the switch to future-proof VoIP solutions. As they seek to cut costs, improve features, and grow their businesses, VoIP technology will continue to expand to meet demands. 123Net is the largest independent phone company in Michigan and has been committed to providing enterprise grade VoIP services since 2001. To learn more about how you can upgrade your business voice services to VoIP, with services including SIP Trunking, Dynamic PRI, and Hosted IP PBX, visit https://www.123.net/voice-services/
Data center location should always be a top priority for customers. Choosing a data center in an optimal location not only provides immediate advantages, it also prevents major headaches down the road. 123Net carefully handpicked an ideal environment for each of its four Michigan data centers.
While people may think that bandwidth is the only factor determining speed, that’s not the case. The physical distance from a data center to an application can significantly affect network latency. For this reason, many companies, such as healthcare companies, are seeking data centers local to their office space. These companies are gaining a clear edge over the competition due to the speed advantage lower network latency provides. While it could be less expensive to collocate further away, it is often not worth sacrificing speed.
Businesses that collocate in areas prone to natural disasters are playing with fire. Events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes can cause critical power outages, leading to crippling downtime. If the best data center option happens to be in a disaster-prone area, consider selecting a backup data center at a safer location, preferably on a different power grid.
Data center space should be in an area that is comfortable to reach. Personnel may need to travel to the data center to make upgrades and service equipment. If a data center is out of driving distance, consider the logistics of transporting personnel and equipment through the air.
Businesses can take advantage of data center connectivity by creating multiple channels that will keep data moving freely despite outages. This makes data centers in well-connected areas safer and more reliable. It also gives businesses more room for growth, as they can easily make plenty of connections within the data center itself.
123Net’s three Southfield data center facilities have a superior location. They have access to more than 20 carriers, are in low-risk southeastern Michigan and close to thousands of Metro Detroit businesses. 123Net also has secure, easily accessible data center space in Grand Rapids that makes for premier primary or backup colocation space. Learn more about the strategic advantages you can gain from data center location or to schedule a tour of our data centers, visit: https://www.123.net/data-center/
Cloud services are gaining more popularity, however, many businesses are still hesitant to adopt them. There are concerns that transitioning data to the cloud will hike up prices, reduce reliability, and raise security issues. With 123Net Cloud Connect, that is far from the case. This solution brings network service providers, cloud service providers, and enterprises together, allowing them to create private, point-to-point connections.
What Is 123Net Cloud Connect?
123Net Cloud Connect is an Ethernet switching service that facilitates secure, Software-Defined (SD) connections for direct cloud access with automated provisioning. The fabric directly connects businesses’ infrastructure to the cloud service provider of their choice, including industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Salesforce, Google Cloud Platform, and many others. Available across several locations, the solution is designed to provide scalable, agile connectivity. This enables businesses to reach anyone instantly, nearby or across metros, driving the future of business communications.
Improve application performance by connecting directly to cloud service providers over a consistent, high-throughput path. Cloud Connect empowers customers to determine how and where connections are made, giving them the peace of mind that specific paths will be followed to their preferences. The public internet is avoided, ensuring that enterprises will receive reliable, low latency connectivity.
Cloud Connect is engineered to keep pace with growing businesses. Delivered through a single, Software-Defined Ethernet portal via fiber internet, enterprises can easily scale connection speeds between 50 Mbps and 10 Gbps. Capacity management can be performed at any time, over any device.
Create a more secure environment for applications by deploying them within a data center’s local area network. Deploying private connections, and avoiding the public internet, protects sensitive business data and information as it moves from data centers to cloud service providers.
Building direct, secure, reliable connectivity to cloud service providers via 123Net Cloud Connect allows businesses to take advantage of cloud computing without the hassle. To learnhow your enterprise can benefit from 123Net Cloud Connect, visit: https://www.123.net/network-services/cloud-connect/