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/
TEDx, Detroit Jazz Fest, and Electronic Music Festival rely on 123Net’s premier event wireless, because it provides quick and easy high-speed internet access. Fixed Wireless technology is a highly effective solution for concerts, trade shows, conferences, and much more.
When organizing an event, finding a dependable, high-speed internet connection is always a concern. Premier event wireless solutions simplify this challenge by creating a temporary, reliable internet solution that is rapidly deployed and does not require a long-term commitment. Premier event wireless gives event-goers access to high-capacity applications needed to send pictures, stream videos, and much more.
Fixed Wireless can be up and running in as little as 7-14 days. Traditional internet solutions require more time and effort from the service provider. With premier event wireless, organizers can plan weeks ahead instead of months.
Temporary Fixed Wireless is far more versatile than traditional internet services. Bandwidth is easily scalable, ensuring that specific requirements are met. Wireless internet provides service in hard-to-reach areas where physical cables are not available. If events are held in an area limited by infrastructure or other restrictions, customers can simply have a Fixed Wireless receiver installed for connectivity.
Reliable, Low Latency Internet
Temporary Fixed Wireless offers premium quality without the hassle. Towers transmit narrow beams, limiting interference. This helps lower latency and improve overall connectivity. Fixed Wireless beams are also secured by 128-Bit AES Encryption, protecting customers’ confidential information.
Traditional internet options are often more expensive and time-consuming. Wireless networks are installed with far less construction, reducing overall cost. After events, Fixed Wireless equipment can be quickly dismantled upon request.
123Net’s premier event wireless provides dedicated, symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gbps, along with the flexibility to scale bandwidth to your specific requirements. If your event requires reliable, high-capacity internet, 123Net’s premier event wireless will deliver. For more information, visit https://www.123.net/fixed-wireless/
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are becoming the go-to way to manage business voice. One of the most popular options is Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking, which is more cost-effective and flexible than most legacy voice services.
What is SIP Trunking?
A SIP trunk provides voice and data traffic between users’ phone systems and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) over a single IP network. It is a way to deliver high-capacity, secure, premium quality voice for businesses.
SIP trunks have an interface that is better suited for growing businesses. Traditional phone systems often carry a 23-channel capacity, meaning that additional callers can only be added in increments of 23. Businesses with SIP trunks can add as many paths as needed, ensuring that they only pay for the interface they need.
Businesses in industries such as government, healthcare, and education require ultra-secure connections for voice communication. Session border controllers (SBC) make SIP trunking systems secure for any business that requires secure voice. The SBC is a point of security between users and third-party callers providing the following features:
- Topology Hiding & Privacy – The IP network topology of the business is hidden to prevent attacks. This protects user information and creates a layer of privacy between networks. Media is also monitored to prevent intercepts and fraud.
- Access Control – Only known networks, devices, and applications are permitted to access the enterprise’s voice system.
- Encryption – SIP enables the encryption of media.
- Denial of Service (DoS) – Protection from malicious attacks and non-malicious overloads.
- Virus & Worm Protection – SIP is protected from malicious attachments and messages containing viruses, worms, and trojans.
- Logging, Monitoring, and Reporting – Attacks and overloads are reported and monitored.
One of the best ways to measure the quality of a voice call is a Mean Opinion Score (MOS). The scale gives a numerical score for call quality ranking from one (bad) to five (excellent). When VoIP technologies first came to the market in the 1990’s, phone voice quality took a step back, however current SIP trunking systems are now equivalent, if not better, in call quality.
The call quality of SIP trunking solutions typically ranges between four and five on this scale, meaning call issues are nearly imperceptible. Maintaining a high MOS is critical for all businesses. Weak voice quality leads to mental fatigue, reduced productivity, and a poor overall experience.
SIP trunks give businesses the flexibility to route voice traffic over redundant data circuits. If a primary connection is disrupted, voice traffic can be seamlessly routed over redundant fiber, fixed wireless, or Ethernet over copper using IP Failover. Having these redundant measures in place drastically reduces the chances of a business missing an opportunity due to voice services.
To learn more about upgrading your business’s voice services with 123Net’s SIP trunking, visit https://www.123.net/sip/
123Net’s data centers facilitate your need to be better connected. Cross connects allow you to reduce access costs to get to the carrier of your choosing. You can save money and improve the connectivity of your network.
What are Cross Connects?
Cross connects are physical cables that connect two different networks within a data center. Cross connects can be used to create a more diverse, robust system of networks. The top three reasons to use a cross connect are:
A direct connection means no provider will stand between your network and the carrier network to which you are connecting. Cross connects avoid the pubic internet because they are through private point-to-point connections within a data center.
With a cross connect, you will be able to connect to any carrier residing within your chosen data center. This eliminates the need to find other network points to connect to carriers that often times require network builds that take time and add costs.
Adding multiple internet connections to your network can help you take advantage of different carriers. With cross connects, you can select internet providers based on price, reliability, or connectivity.
Cross connects enable you to establish direct connectivity with other carriers. Services such as dark fiber, wavelength, MPLS, or other point-to-point services are available with a single cross connect. Network cross connects to other carriers can save money, improve reliability, and add versatility to your network.
123Net has four Tier 3, carrier neutral data centers with access to over 20 carriers. Learn how you can take advantage of this diverse variety of networks by scheduling a data center tour with 123Net today at https://www.123.net/data-center/