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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

Limelight Networks Colocates with 123NET

Southfield, MI – April 15, 2021 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), a Michigan colocation and network services provider, connects with Limelight Networks, Inc., a leading provider of content delivery network and edge cloud services, to distribute Limelight’s online content closer to end users in the Michigan market.

Today’s launch comes when global streaming and viewer traffic is at their highest historical point due to the impact of the pandemic. Streaming services saw a 47% increase in subscriptions and 16% increase in video consumption due to the increased number of people studying, working, and shopping from home.

As a result of the dramatic increase in streaming, this is a welcomed announcement for Michiganders who use the digital services. The new point-of-presence at 123NET’s facilities enable Limelight Networks to establish servers hosting high-demand content closer to the end-user’s customers in the state, which effectively reduces the distance and the inherent delay in delivering rich content such as live sports and gaming.

Limelight has spent the last 20 years, building a large global network to deliver high performance and assist consumers in streaming videos and digital content. Initially entering the edge computing market in 2018, the content delivery network anticipates that this market represents an important area of growth. To assist with regional expansion, 123NET provides secure and compliant data center services, complete with cross-connect and high-performance computing options.

Limelight Networks Interconnection Manager Matthew Johnson said this is consistent with their geographic strategy of partnering with premier network service partners closer to their end-users.

“Our decision-making focuses on bringing proximity, capacity, and quality to end-users and connectivity into consideration. We chose 123NET because of its strategic Michigan location with a large composite of major networks.”

Matt Johnson, Limelight Networks Interconnection Manager

Noah Lessaris, Strategic Accounts at 123NET, views the data centers as the best way for 123NET to assist in expanding Limelight’s content audience.

“Our facilities are the best connected in Michigan, and that advantage makes it possible to work with Limelight Networks. This growth into our market adds momentum to our mission of improving connectivity for Michigan communities and businesses.”

Noah Lessaris, 123NET Strategic Accounts

Limelight Networks is the newest member to connect to the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) and its 55+ peering partners. 123NET is also home to the DET-iX, the 9th largest internet exchange in North America.

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.

May Mobility Selects 123NET Data Center

Southfield, MI – April 6, 2021 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), Michigan’s best-connected colocation and fiber network provider, has been selected by Ann Arbor based May Mobility, an autonomous mobility company, to provide data center and connectivity services.  

Founded in 2017, May Mobility develops autonomous vehicle systems and operates cutting-edge autonomous shuttles with self-driving technology primarily for use in urban environments. It currently operates shuttles in the U.S. and Japan and has completed more than 270,000 passenger rides. 

“May Mobility has network and data needs similar to any high-tech engineering company,” said Ryan Duda, 123NET’s chief technology officer. “123NET’s deep experience serving automotive companies, including major OEMs and suppliers, made our company an obvious choice for them.” 

“May Mobility is pioneering autonomous tech in both lab and real-world settings, an endeavor that puts an absolute premium on connectivity, capability and reliability. 123NET is proud to support May Mobility as it continues to develop the future of autonomous vehicles.”

Ryan Duda,123NET Chief Technology Officer

Traditionally, enterprise networks are built over an extended time with a blend of both conventional and modernized systems. As a rapidly growing start-up in the high-tech sector, May Mobility had the unique task of designing a highly scalable, complex enterprise network from scratch and on a tight timetable. To put the amount of data in perspective, each shuttle is generating more data in one hour than the average US household uses in a month. May Mobility has seen a 400% increase in data generated per hour compared to a year ago, with that figure expected to grow as the company incorporates new technologies into its stack to collect insights for autonomy and municipalities. 

“At May Mobility, our manufacturing and fleet operations are dependent on moving and processing petabytes of data, backed by extremely high-speed, reliable connectivity,” said Daniel Marks, May Mobility’s network team lead on the project. “We’re working with 123NET to help meet this challenge as we continue to deploy our autonomous vehicles in more cities around the country. Our ultimate goal is to leverage this technology to help in creating a safer, greener, more accessible world.” 

123NET’s ‘Connectivity Hub’ Network strategy is proving to be a differentiator with software, engineering, and manufacturing companies like May Mobility. 123NET leverages its highly developed network of interconnections and peering relationships to create a ‘future-proof’ system capable of meeting ever-changing industry needs. The Connectivity Hub is further backed by 123NET’s close affiliation with the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), a carrier-neutral exchange housed within 123NET’s headquarters that connects with more than 40 global carriers including many of the world’s best known and highest trafficked networks.  

“The connected and autonomous vehicle sector recognizes that one of its greatest challenges is exchanging and housing massive amounts of data gathered through an increasingly connected world,” said Noah Lessaris, Strategic Accounts at 123NET. “A core tenet of 123NET’s strategy is to provide a technological backbone for Michigan businesses, so we’re pleased to work with May Mobility and apply our Connectivity Hub strategy on behalf of this forward-thinking, next-generation and socially-responsible mobility company.”  

As part of this agreement, May Mobility also benefits from 123NET’s local infrastructure and 24/7/365 hands-on network operations center professionals.  

ABOUT MAY MOBILITY

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient, and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.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.

Customer Spotlight – Baker College

Customer:

Baker College

Services:

123NET Data Center & Network Services

Industry:

Education

Number of Employees:

1,500+

At-a-Glance:

Founded in 1911, Baker College is Michigan’s largest private not-for-profit college while also being the state’s top private transfer school. They also have multiple campuses across the state offering 70+ degree programs while also providing an online global campus with 40+ academic program options for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Baker College strives to cultivate an environment that encourages positive action, critical thought along with providing the knowledge that students need to improve their lives and careers. 

Challenge:

Baker College had multiple service problems that they were looking to resolve. First, they needed to solidify their infrastructure and move to a managed data center. Second, Baker College was receiving subpar service from a national ISP and needed a reliable cost-effective service provider. Last year accelerated Baker College’s need to integrate new technologies that would allow their teams, faculty, and students to work collaboratively.

Solution:

123NET provided Baker College with seven multipoint fiber connections along with redundant high-speed internet back to a carrier neutral data center. Baker College also joined the Detroit Internet Exchange to create a faster user experience for their campuses across Michigan.

Results:

Upgrading Baker College’s network configuration with 123NET’s Services allowed the college to have faster, more reliable connectivity to their campuses at a cost-effective price. With a managed colocation solution, Baker College can store their data and infrastructure at 123NET’s Data Center, benefiting from full physical security, redundancy, and scalability options. Their new network structure has given each campus the means to support high-load traffic in addition to network continuity for their global campus and remote learning. 

When compared with our previous national provider, 123NET has met or exceeded our expectations in every area with one major difference—their level of personalized customer support is beyond anything we’ve experienced with other service providers.

Scott Wood

Sr. Director of Infrastructure Security & Support , Baker College

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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