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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.

123NET Reaches the 1,500th Fiber Lit Commercial Building Milestone

SOUTHFIELD, MI., May 14, 2020 – Earlier this week, 123NET, Inc. (123NET) marked a milestone by installing high-speed fiber into more than 1,500 commercial buildings. This achievement comes less than one year after the company announced that it had hit the 1000 lit commercial building milestone back in 2019.

“The fiber team here at 123NET has grown substantially over the years and now includes over 100 team members. Each and every one of them has helped us achieve this awesome milestone. We couldn’t be happier to be able to extend our fiber network into 1,500 buildings.”

Chuck Irvin,123NET Director of Network Development

Currently, 123NET has nine in-house fiber crews. They work diligently building fiber infrastructure throughout Michigan, along with in-house permitting and fiber design departments, which all contribute to the completion of fiber projects. Irvin is already looking to the future for the company’s next breakthrough benchmark. “Milestones are great to celebrate, but we won’t revel in it for too long,” Irvin said. “We are already looking forward to the day we reach 2,000 lit buildings!”

123NET’s network spans across the state of Michigan connecting local communities and businesses alike with fiber engineered to be symmetrical, dedicated and scalable to fit all company bandwidth needs. The company continues to focus on providing businesses high-speed, reliable network connectivity as it builds toward its next goal.

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.

ADAPTING TO THE NEW NORMAL

4 Responsive Solutions That Can Help Your Business

Your business network may or may not be prepared for the expanding telecommuting workforce. While working with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers on their audio/video (AV) projects, there is a large increase in remote staff with bandwidth restrictions and limitations and some businesses could have a remote operations center in need of network connectivity and/or bandwidth upgrades. Companies are turning to cloud technology in increasing numbers and Microsoft reportedly saw an 800% increase in cloud services’ needs.

With the business landscape changing due to current conditions, things might seem uncertain but 123NET has four responsive solutions to assist your Michigan business with these changes: Hosted IP PBX, Fixed Wireless, Temporary Bandwidth Upgrades for Dedicated Internet and Ethernet and SD-WAN. These are the following industries that have benefited from our 4 responsive solutions:

  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Local Government
  • Financial Services
  • Legal Services
  • Education
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

1. HOSTED IP PBX

123NET’s Hosted solution, backed by an SLA and instantly scalable, provides reliability, affordability, simplicity, and connectivity for Michigan businesses out there in these uncertain times. This product has a reliable automated system backup that includes multiple providers for further redundancy. It has proven affordable for a company that has an uncertain financial future because of off the shelf package options, a lower total cost than a Legacy Premise System, monthly instead of upfront equipment fees, and no ongoing maintenance costs. Complete with a web-driven control panel, transferring existing phone numbers, ordering new phone numbers, a Softphone app, and easy desk phone configuration, simplicity is inherent, guided by a 123NET engineer.

The product simplifies your existing setup through on-site phone system footprint reduction, eliminating IT staff equipment maintenance and staff members’ support needs. Our NOC technicians complete initial provisioning, configure changes and troubleshoot with support 24/7/365. The Hosted IP PBX proves to be a solid solution for the modern-day telecommuting workforce in an uncertain business environment.

2. FIXED WIRELESS

Whether just needing additional bandwidth or providing network to a new location, 123NET’s Fixed Wireless with an SLA proves safe and reliable for Michigan businesses in today’s current conditions. It provides a flexible infrastructure and a large network footprint, including easy bandwidth upgrades and a quick install.

Should a business be looking for a temporary network solution, redundant connection, or a main connection, fixed wireless is great and could be deployed within 7 to 14 days. Alternatively, there is a chance to implement an off-net point-to-point connection, where we do not have a presence, such as a multiple location or campus orientation solution. For any Michigan business, fixed wireless can prove to be an invaluable resource.

3. BANDWIDTH UPGRADES (DEDICATED INTERNET / ETHERNET)

123NET’s Bandwidth Upgrades can be incredibly useful in bandwidth adjustment for Michigan businesses, who have increased remote workforces now in the wake of recent events. If equipment needs to be changed, we will work to accommodate that need. Since the beginning of April 2020, temporary bandwidth upgrade expedite fees were waived as businesses transition through this current environment. As business’ networks feel the strain of telecommuting employees, this remains critical to connect Michigan communities and businesses.

4. SD-WAN BY VELOCLOUD

For managing network connectivity with an increase in the telecommuting workforce, 123NET’s SD-WAN proves to be a robust software approach with lower operational costs and improved resource usage, particularly for multi-site deployments. Through this option, Michigan businesses can experience rapid deployment, redundancy, and smart per-packet and application load balancing along with flexible connectivity, where businesses can bring their own internet connection, utilize 123NET connectivity, or both.

With the strain placed on Michigan business networks by an increase in the number of telecommuters during these current conditions, many are experiencing latency, packet loss, and total connection loss. The world is changing without any end in sight. Businesses can be prepared to support their remote workforces by utilizing one of our network solutions.

Legacy T1 DEAD LINES

Enhanced Extended Links (EEL) Transport

FCC Relaxes Unbundling Regulations

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 concluded The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open comment period regarding WC Docket No. 19-308, which aims to address provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act. This targets regulations dealing with unbundling and resale requirements affecting incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The proposal, set forth by the FCC, would no longer require ILECs to unbundle services including DS-0, DS-1, DS-3, and voice-grade loops and dark fiber transport.  

Over the past several decades, the telecom industry has become increasingly competitive because of provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act, which gave smaller companies existing infrastructure for resale at competitive prices. It led to providers, offering voice and data solutions. According to some ILECs, this competition fuels the debate that unbundling regulations has become unnecessary and restricted network growth.  

Timeline to Transition

The regulations’ relaxation means ILECs are no longer required to allow access to existing and now outdated infrastructure in most areas. This forces many carriers who have come to depend on this network to find alternative methods of service delivery. While the FCC proposed three years to allow for a smooth transition, many carriers are concerned they are unable to competitively deliver services in rural areas, where network alternatives are not as common.

While legacy networks are ushered out of existence and customers face obtaining voice and data services during this transition period, 123NET plans to address it directly. Building high-speed fiber-optic networks throughout Michigan will be a larger priority than ever before.

Legacy T1 Service and New 123NET Solution

To learn more about your network options visit https://www.123.net/network-services/

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 Increases Wireless Internet Footprint to Support Mobility

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., January 21, 2019 – 123Net, Michigan’s largest private provider of Fixed Wireless, has added their newest Point of Presence (PoP) site in Romulus, north of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Businesses in Romulus, Wayne, and Westland can now benefit from dedicated, symmetrical Internet connectivity at up to 1 Gbps speed.

123Net deployed this PoP site for two main reasons, to continue to support the mobility movement throughout Metro Detroit, and to increase the redundancy of their current network infrastructure. This PoP site is servicing a major automotive OEM, creating a reliable, low-latency connection, enabling large data transfers throughout their campus. 123Net is also building a ring between this new site, and several other nearby PoP sites, increasing density and redundancy of its network.

Adding bandwidth capacity and expanding coverage in the business-dense pockets of Romulus, Wayne and Westland areas, provides businesses with dedicated internet options traditionally lacking in the region. Businesses will benefit from faster download speeds and data transfer speeds, along with enhanced voice services.

The organization now has 57 Fixed Wireless PoP sites strategically located across Michigan and remains committed to providing customers with the latest, most reliable and secure technologies available. 123Net’s fixed wireless network is backed by almost 4,000 route miles of proprietary fiber and four Tier 3 data centers.

For more information on how your business can benefit from 123Net’s latest wireless PoP site, visit: Fixed Wireless.