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123Net Connects with Switch Data Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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!

Data Center Redundancy: 2N, N+1, 2(N+1) Explained

Maintaining a 100% uptime should be a top priority for every  data center. If data centers experience power outages, customers can lose thousands of dollars for every second they are down. 123Net heavily invests in 2(N+1) redundant data center infrastructure to protect customers from this.

What Does Redundancy Mean in Data Centers?

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/

123Net Partners with Telia Carrier to Increase Network Capacity and Support Michigan’s Drive Towards Innovation

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., February 12, 2019 – 123Net, Michigan’s premier data center services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it has tapped Telia Carrier’s 100G-enabled, number one ranked global IP backbone to provide scalable capacity and connectivity to the Michigan market. 123Net’s expansive fiber footprint throughout Michigan includes up to 4,000 route miles of fiber in over 106 communities. Telia Carrier’s new POP is the perfect place to connect the geographic reach and reliable, high-speed broadband capacity of both networks.

“We’re looking forward to growing this partnership with Telia Carrier,” said Bob Evenson, Carrier Relations Manager at 123Net. “It’s exciting to be trusted by yet another international company and to be able to support their expansion with our infrastructure. We continue to see a high demand from regional, national, and international carriers to establish a point of presence at our Tier 3 facility. Being the largest carrier-neutral facility in the state makes it easy for not only carriers, like Telia Carrier, but also content providers who want to connect here and peer closer to end users. We hope to continue to provide solid options to carriers interested in the Michigan market.”

Michigan has the most permissive self-driving car laws in the country and with driverless cars entering the market, the volume of data generated and used by these cars is incredible. According to a study from Intel, autonomous vehicles generate and consume roughly 40 terabytes of data for every eight hours of driving. Robust connections are required for the future of the automotive industry, and there has been tremendous demand for bandwidth and data centers in Detroit to support them. 123Net has made significant strides with its data centers to facilitate this evolution.

123Net is also experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in health care, engineering, graphic design, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitalization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among Tier 2 and 3 cities throughout the state.

“Over the past several years, the auto industry as well as other businesses in Detroit have been focused on driving more innovation,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Network & Business Development, at Telia Carrier. “These applications utilize the dynamic on-demand provisioning, and low latency performance of Telia Carrier’s global network, enabling access to cloud capabilities at the network edge and empowering developing technologies like autonomous vehicles and smart cities in the supporting infrastructure. We see facilitating these technologies as critical and that’s why we’re excited to partner with 123Net.”

About 123Net
123Net is a Michigan-based internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless, and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest, private carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, and others. For more information, please visit www.123.net. Learn about 123Net Data Centers role in advancing mobility at What’s Driving Autonomous Vehicles and Why High Density Colocation Matters Webinar.

About Telia Carrier
Telia Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones. Our mission is to provide exceptional network infrastructure and services – empowering individuals, businesses and societies to execute their most critical activities. By working close to our customers, we make big ideas happen at the speed of fiber. Discover more at teliacarrier.com.

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123Net Media Contact:
Ihor Diachenko
Director of Marketing
idiachenko@123.net
248.228.8244

Telia Carrier Media Contact:
Jeannette Bitz
Witz Communications
jbitz@witzcommunications.com
510.599.5499

123Net’s Fiber Network Growing at Light Speed in Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., December 18, 2018 – 123Net is becoming the fastest growing business-exclusive Fiber Network in Michigan. Businesses requiring high capacity internet to keep up with their customer demands are taking advantage of 123Net’s fiber footprint. Currently, their expansions are focusing on Dearborn, Ferndale, Warren, Oak Park, Auburn Hills, Troy, Novi, Wixom, and Milford. See how your business can benefit from 123Net’s growth: You Have Options

Since June, 123Net’s On-Net list has grown to 760 buildings. “On-Net” refers to the buildings that already have at least one tenant utilizing a specific provider’s fiber. Similarly, “Near-Net” buildings, close to the fiber network but not currently on it, provide reduced installation times and build-out costs as well. With 123Net, Fiber-Lit buildings also offer competition and the ability to buy from multiple carriers, as their fiber network connects to the largest, private carrier neutral data center in Michigan. This can mean even more savings for customers as they are able to choose the carrier that best suits their individual needs. By committing to lighting over 1,000 buildings by the end of the next two years, 123Net is earnestly working to add buildings to both the On-Net and Near-Net lists through extensive fiber growth.

“As speed and reliability become more and more critical to today’s businesses, dedicated internet access is key to achieving company performance metrics,” says Heather Garey, Senior Account Executive at 123Net. “By utilizing an On-Net Fiber provider, not only will you see dramatic cost savings, but a much faster installation time, allowing pivotal project time frames to be met without any unexpected delays,” she added. Recently, Garey was able to cut a new customer’s turn up time in half with a fiber circuit since their building was already On-Net.

Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development, says that 123Net has been turning up an average of 3-4 new customers a day, culminating in 84 new circuits over the last two months. Many of these customers are Fortune 500 companies, automotive OEMs, and mobility-focused suppliers, including all three auto manufacturers.

Check if your building is On-Net or Near-Net, visit https://www.123.net/fiber-network

About 123Net
123Net is a Michigan-based Internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS and others.

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123Net Media Contact:
Ihor Diachenko
Director of Marketing
idiachenko@123.net
248.228.8244

Why Data Center Location Matters

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.

Network Speed

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.

Natural Disasters

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.

Accessibility

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.

Connections

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/

Why Your Data Center Should Be Carrier Neutral

Inside a data center, 123Net believes your choice of carrier should not be limited to the data center owner. We make it as easy as possible for new carriers to build into our data centers. Opening the doors to more carriers greatly benefits businesses looking for more robust, diverse networks.

What Does Carrier Neutral Mean?

Having more options is a good thing. A carrier neutral data center, often referred to as a carrier hotel, is a facility that offers its customers the ability to purchase connectivity from any carrier in the building. Since these facilities are independent of providers, customers are open to many more carrier options. There are several factors that make carrier neutral facilities more desirable than their carrier-affiliated counterparts:

Diversity

Keeping your network running 24/7 is critical. Having carrier diversity, meaning multiple carriers connected to your business’s network, provides a backup option if a single carrier experiences an outage. Carrier hotels have a major advantage in that they support carrier diversity, whereas single provider data centers are less able to.

Cost-Effective

Using a carrier neutral facility can naturally lower the price of services through competition. When there are fewer options to choose from, customers are more likely to settle for higher prices. Moving to a new data center can be a costly and time-consuming process, so selecting a carrier neutral data center allows competition to keep costs low, without having to move to change providers.

Internet Exchange Connectivity

Carrier neutral data centers can also host internet exchanges. Internet exchanges allow enterprise, service provider, and carrier networks to peer with one another, lowering latency, network hops, and costs.

123Net has four, Tier 3, carrier neutral data center facilities and hosts the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), a not-for-profit regional exchange point in Michigan. To learn more about 123Net’s data centers, or to schedule a data center tour, visit https://www.123.net/data-center/