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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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MGCB Approves 123NET as Gaming Vendor

SOUTHFIELD, MI., Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has approved 123.Net Inc. (123NET), a Michigan data center and network services provider, as a registered vendor. Subject to certain requirements, this approval authorizes online gaming operators to host their servers in 123NET Data Centers.

The MGCB, founded in November 1996, oversees casino gaming licensing, regulation, and operations in the State of Michigan. It also regulates gaming equipment manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. 

As technologies and services have changed in the industry, so have guidelines and regulations. Sports betting and iGaming operations were legalized in Michigan in November 2019 by the State Legislature, being one of the first states to permit the services in the United States. The MGCB authorized onsite sports betting for the Detroit-based casinos, beginning March 11, 2020, with Mt. Pleasant’s Soaring Eagle and other Michigan casinos to follow. Rulemaking for online gaming is in progress and expected to be published in early 2021. 

Unlike the traditional model of strictly brick and mortar gaming, the new iGaming industry segment has added online and on-demand capabilities generating new requirements and challenges for both operators and vendors. iGaming operators’ plans call for selection and deployment in strategic edge facilities that are highly secure and connected with 24/7/365 on-site support. 123NET Data Centers fulfill compliancy and performance criteria designed to provide the best user experience for Michigan participants.  

MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm said the partnership between casinos and iGaming vendors helped streamline the process. 

 “The casinos and their suppliers helped us by their timely efforts to share information we needed to authorize the [online] gaming,” Kalm said. “This new gaming opportunity has been highly anticipated, and we hope citizens will enjoy it and see benefits from additional revenue to both the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit.” 

Noah Lessaris, 123NET Strategic Accounts, has helped lead the efforts in the segment and is welcoming the online gaming industry into the 123NET Data Centers.  

“Like many applications used by Michiganders, our team finds it rewarding that user’s infrastructure as well as gameplay applications will be supported by our Network and Data Centers,” Lessaris said. “It’s a big boost to Michigan sports fans as Big Ten Football is getting started along with additional collegiate fall and winter sports.” 

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. As home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers, peering 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. 

 

123NET Data Center Migration Checklist

123NET Data Center Migration Checklist

Housing IT equipment has a cost. Generally, building, managing, and maintaining an onsite rack space will cost you between $1,000 and $1,500 per month on average. Cloud services could prove even more costly if misconfigured. 

A data center migration is the deploying and transferring of an existing data center environment to the operating environment of another data center. It is a thorough process of plans for migration of the existing data center to a different site or facility. The 123NET Data Center Migration Checklist takes you through crucial steps, which focuses on downtime and risk reduction, in the migration of your data center. 

Developing a Project Plan

On average, data center migrations take 1 to 2 months. To build a data center, it takes 18-24 months. 

  • Engage & Pinpoint All Functions & Stakeholders Within the Affected Organization 
  • Find a Migration Manager that Handles the Process, Communicates Developments & Ensures the Project’s Fruition 
  • Facilitate a Strategy, Focused on Timelines, Budgets & Success Benchmarks 
  • Receive Stakeholder Approvals 
  • Craft a Communications’ Procedure to Keep all Parties Progress-Focused 
  • Identify Roles & Duties Before, During & After the Undertaking 
  • Consider SLA & Other Contracts for Terms/Conditions, Including Early Termination 

Inventory Assets & Applications

Building a data center requires 5 to 10 pieces of different equipment. On average, there are up to 5 types of equipment that is required. 

  • Explore if Asset Inventory Requires Discovery Software, Manual Completion, or Both 
  • Utilize Equipment & Hardware Stock to Explore Ownership & What Must be Migrated 
  • Finish Taking Stock of Network Connectivity 
  • Finalize the Tabulation of All Hardware Applications Running 
  • Establish Any Undocumented Hardware & Applications 
  • Determine Categorized Cabling & Decommissioned Inventory 
  • Achieve Identifying Labeling Structure to Determine Necessary Equipment & Transfer Timeline 

Planning of New Infrastructure 

The average data center layout has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) between 1.75 and 2.4. 

  • Consider the Site Layout to Decide Where Equipment Placement is Implemented 
  • Implement a Virtual Layout with Equipment Location & Connection Path to Outcomes 
  • Confirm the Design of the Network with the Engineering Team 
  • Determine Cable Lengths to All Power & Data Connections to Minimize Post-Migration Potential “Spaghetti Cabinet” 
  • Establish IT Deployment Power Capacity Alignment for Each Row & Rack

1: Before Migration 

2: Day of Migration 

3: Post Migration 

Put Together a Migration Plan that Establishes Roles, Contact Information & Timelines 

Establish Accessible Movement Plan 

Confirm Migration is Successful 

Direct Project to Mitigate Critical Application Resource Impact (if possible) 

Make Sure All Equipment is Delivered 

Guarantee Network Operations Center (NOC) Observes Systems Working Again 

Schedule Migration Service  
(if needed) 

Ensure the Assembly of All Personnel 

Determine Equipment is Physically Installed & Connected 

Familiarize Yourself with the Site Layout 

Record Migration Progress 

Dispose / Decommission Old Cabling & Equipment 

Build Instructions for Device Installation  

Plan Additional Migration Changes 

 

Ensure Site Access & Security Clearance for All Necessary Team Members 

Structure Data in One Location 

 

Build Plans & Detail New Configurations to Determine Functionality 

 

 

Craft a Contingency Disaster Recovery Plan 

 

 

Plant Hardware Before the Move 

 

 

Determine Initial IT Asset Works 

 

 

Do a Dry Migration Run 

 

 

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 & BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.