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123NET Connects with Bluewater for Additional Canadian Border Crossing

Southfield, Michigan,  June 3, 2021 – 123Net, Inc. (123NET), a Michigan colocation, network, and voice services provider, has connected with Bluewater Regional Networks Inc., a network operator, to improve network speed, cost and diversity for connectivity between the U.S. and Canada, the busiest and most crossed telecom border on the planet. 

The new network linking Sarnia, Ontario with Port Huron and Lapeer, Michigan provides a unique border crossing between Toronto and Chicago without touching Detroit or Buffalo. The new route further addresses the growing but underserved regional needs between Michigan and Ontario with new high-speed connection capability and local diverse access points.

“The new connection with Bluewater both figuratively and literally opens the door for improved connectivity between the U.S. and Canada. Truly effective internet and data connectivity requires multiple, redundant pathways. Working with Bluewater gives 123NET clients Pure Diversity in a Pure Michigan way.”

Bob Evenson, 123NET Carrier Relations Manager

Improved international crossing alternatives are a benefit to any business with operations on both sides of the border. With the new connection, Bluewater’s customers will have access to 123NET’s large Michigan network, and be able to route traffic through the Detroit Internet Exchange, the largest fee free exchange in the world, housed at 123NET’s Southfield headquarters.

“When we built our new international crossing to provide high value disaster recovery capability to the global customers in Southwestern Ontario, we were looking for a great partner who shared our core values to help us reach their U.S. locations. 123NET shares our drive to be the go-to resource for mission critical network operation in the region with both companies becoming stronger as a result of this new relationship.”

Chris Gould, Bluewater Regional Networks’ Chief Operating Officer

Protecting data moving across international borders is becoming more critical for businesses requiring shorter diverse route options between markets. It’s critical for businesses to partner with established service providers and maintain multiple connection points to enhance edge connectivity.

This connection is now live and available to Michigan businesses. 

ABOUT BLUEWATER REGIONAL NETWORKS INC.

An affiliate company within the Bluewater Power Group of Companies that has been serving Sarnia Lambton for over 100 years, Bluewater Regional Networks Inc. was formed in 2016 to provide digital infrastructure in Sarnia-Lambton and complete connectivity throughout Canada. Through innovation and vision, we originally evolved from our local utility offerings to provide telecommunications services including data, internet, wireless and advanced cloud services to underserved areas. For more information, contact sales@bregional.com.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

5 Considerations when Migrating Data Center Infrastructure

Choosing to migrate your business’s networking and storage infrastructure to a data center is a serious decision. Even when done correctly, it requires many hours of planning to keep downtime to a minimum. Why then would any business make the decision to move to a data center? There are several factors that often play a role when making this complicated decision. In most cases, businesses are concerned with, or trying to improve one or more of these things:

Connectivity

As one of the most straightforward topics to discuss, this can easily become costly and confusing, if not properly addressed. Your business may require physically diverse connections to comply with business continuity plans. Depending on bandwidth requirements, redundant high-speed fiber entrances can become quite costly. However, when your infrastructure resides in a carrier-neutral data center, obtaining diverse connections from multiple carriers and avoiding single points of failure becomes quite simple. This simplicity lies in the multiple carriers already located in the data center that are a simple cross connect away with no expensive construction required.

Availability

Selecting a data center environment that ensures your equipment is remotely and physically reachable by your network admin team is paramount. Data centers that are backed by Service Level Agreements (SLA’s), 2(N+1) power infrastructure, and multiple diverse connections guarantees that your business has the necessary connections to remain in control of your equipment.

Security

Security has never been more important, and data centers can help protect your infrastructure in several ways. Secure facilities utilize the following methods to protect your infrastructure: video recording at every point of entry, badge access with two-factor authentication, physically locked cabinet, and in some cases private suites for additional security. Private circuits, like Ethernet Private Line (EPL), allows you to connect with your remote locations, and is a high-capacity, cost-effective solution for businesses requiring direct connections.

Compliancy

The most overlooked aspect when considering data center migration is compliancy. Many businesses do not carry the certifications that may be required for their industry. Certifications like HIPPA, SOC, and PCI, can be very costly, with some certifications costing tens of thousands of dollars per year to acquire and maintain. When hosting at a data center however, these annual certifications are handled by the facility, and can be provided for a business compliance audit.

Infrastructure

Data centers are designed to be scalable to meet the growing needs of businesses. With first right of refusal, space near your cabinet can be reserved for future growth. The most stable data centers are designed, engineered, and constructed with power, battery back-up, and HVAC systems. This provides the most stable environment for your critical networking and storage equipment, all while efficiently scaling connectivity and space.

Next Steps

Once you have decided on a data center, follow 123NET’s Data Center Migration Checklist to ensure your business is successful in transitioning its data to a new facility.

 

ABOUT 123NET 

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others. 

 

OUR MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES & BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

Customer Spotlight – Innovations Applied

Customer:

Innovations Applied

Services:

123NET’s Data Center & Colocation Services

Industry:

Digital Marketing

Number of Employees:

13

At-a-Glance:

Innovations Applied was founded in 1997 and is based in Chicago. They provide real time video communications technologies and custom applications to their business and industrial customers. As a full service-digital agency, their offerings include marketing automation, SEO, full UX/UI discovery, and development solutions. 

Challenge:

Headquartered in Chicago, Innovations Applied was looking for a reliable data center to move their servers off-site. As a specialized company with high-capacity data needs, they also sought a managed service provider to generate a custom solution that would scale considerably and ensure the continuity of their business. 

Solution:

123NET’s Data Center provided the company with a carrier neutral space to ensure uninterruptable data access,  colocation space, power, and connectivity.

Results:

The availability and reliability of a 123NET Data Center allows Innovations Applied to store their data off-premises. By doing so, it establishes high-speed access to their data with no interruption for their real-time video communications. This results in Innovations Applied being able to grow their business and stay at pace with demand.

“We provide real-time video communications technologies and custom applications in the health care, banking, virtual event, higher education, e-learning, and business collaboration industries. 123NET makes it possible for a small company like ours to compete with much larger organizations, delivering service that meets and exceeds the highest standards.” 

Bill Dunning

Founder, Innovations Applied

Wholesale Partner Spotlight – RJ Telecommunications

At-a-Glance:

RJ Telecommunications grew their relationship with 123NET based on mutual goals of augmented network growth in fiber and wireless but also providing customer service and helping their clients in a North Star Decision Making Process.

Wholesale Partner:

RJ Telecommunications

Number of Employees:

5

Background:

RJ Telecommunications began as a company, focused on Cat3/Cat5 Cabling and Nortel Norstar Option switch work. With Nortel going out of business, RJ began to focus its attention on finding their customers another solution. Previously, they connected Nortel Norstar together via the internet and asterisk to allow customers with locations in other states and countries to have calls without a high cost.

Mission:

Serving Michigan since 1995 to offer excellent customer service with a proven track record of providing and installing telecommunications’ service and equipment.

Services Offered:

Voice, Fiber, Colocation & Other Network Services

Primary Industries Served:

Automotive, Real Estate & Healthcare

Partnership Opportunity:

The mutual advantage came in RJ’s creation of a new revenue stream with premier services to their current customer base and their shared goals with 123NET in being like-minded and working hard to benefit both parties.

RJ Telecommunications and 123NET have spent over a decade working together. In the beginning, there was only one data center and the 123NET offices took up half of the first floor. With 123NET growing and its presence in Michigan increasing, as a result, RJ Telecommunications knows they can rely on 123NET for projects or issues they need assistance with. Excellent customer service continues to stem from this partnership.

Mutually-Beneficial Solution:

With a philosophical backbone and focus on customer service, RJ Telecommunications and 123NET found that they could rely on one another with flexibility in areas such as design and implementation whenever a situation arises. As they grow together in different areas, especially Fiber and Wireless, the two endeavor to increase their partnerships across new projects and campaigns in the future.

About Mark Friday, VP OF RJ Telecommunications:

Mark Friday became interested in technology when he was a kid. He was breaking and fixing the lone computer that was used by everyone in the house. Coming to learn from mistakes and others in the field, he continued to increase his knowledge. The career, he says, chose him. Like most teenagers, Friday started working at the local Meijer in Brighton, where he met the daughter of Robert Jeneraux, the founder of RJ Telecommunications. Through a solid recommendation from his daughter and introduction to Robert, he has worked there for 16 years, becoming Vice President and part-owner of the company.

Under his leadership, he learned a lot of old-school telecom and helped modernize the company with only one customer that had a traditional PBX hanging on the wall. Friday and his company are proud of how far they’ve come and continue to research and plan to continue to grow as well as change with technology. Beyond technology, Friday is interested in movies and if he wasn’t in this field, he would have opened up his own movie theater. He hopes to continue to grow RJ and work with like-minded technologically-interested professionals. 

“This is really an easy answer, reliability! We have SIP Trunks, PRIs, Fiber, Fixed Wireless, and 4G circuits with 123NET. If 123NET was not reliable, we would have been long gone a while ago. Like I have always said to my employees and to 123NET staff, RJ can only be as good and reliable as 123NET is.”

Mark Friday

Vice President, RJ Telecommunications

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BIG CITY Bandwidth: 123NET Helps Increase Carrier Connectivity in Port Huron, Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI., July 8, 2020 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), a Michigan data center and network services provider, is planning to turn up five dark fiber small cell sites in Port Huron with a large national carrier over a 10-year-period. This will let the carrier expand its wireless network through their own robust cellular connectivity that can be customized to meet their needs.

These small fiber cell sites will operate on 123NET’s Dark Fiber backbone within Port Huron, which has reached over 1,500 lit buildings across the State of Michigan. These installations will connect directly from the small cells to a central office via several fibers.

123NET Carrier Relations Manager Bob Evenson said this is a fantastic way to help out our carrier partners and increase connectivity for Port Huron.

“It’s really great to see how 123NET continues to help our carrier partners on both the cell backhaul and wireline side of our business. In this case, we have a larger tier 1 wireless provider looking to connect their small cell sites in Port Huron for the next 10 years and beyond,” Evenson said.

This dark fiber network backbone will help make Port Huron one of the strongest connected communities in Michigan and provide bandwidth speeds comparable to other large cities across the USA.

The turn-up of these small fiber cell sites will occur in the fall of 2020. 123NET looks forward in partnering with carriers to further connect Michigan communities and businesses.

ABOUT 123NET

 123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION: 

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

ABOUT DET-iX 

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.

DET-iX Reaches New Heights – 200Gbps Milestone

SOUTHFIELD, MI., May 28, 2020 – Earlier this month, the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) soars to new heights by surpassing another milestone by reaching over 200Gbps. This news comes one month after achieving 150Gbps.  

The DET-iX was founded in 2014 with nine members. As of May 2020, it has grown to 48 members and continues to rise to new heights. It is one of the largest not-for-profit internet exchange points in the world. DET-iX connects Michigan communities and businesses, allowing members to pass direct traffic freely.

“The DET-iX like other internet exchanges is a simple topology. However, we have an advantage of a 123NET 4,500-mile metro fiber network. This combination allows easy access for members to extend connectivity from the DET-iX to the end users.  For many members, over 60% of their total internet traffic is flowing through the DET-iX for free. ”

Ryan Duda, DET-iX Founder & 123NET CTO 

With new members joining every month, the DET-iX is consistently pushing bandwidth boundaries and connecting new networks. Current members range from local communities to Fortune 500 companies that include automotive, education, telecommunication partners and streaming providers. 

ABOUT DET-iX 

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.