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The regulations’ relaxation means ILECs are no longer required to allow access to existing and now outdated infrastructure in most areas.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.
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/
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.
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.
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is often referred to as internet telephony or internet calling. Essentially, voice calls are sent over an IP network, such as the public internet or a corporate intranet, rather than traditional phone lines. This network can also act as your business’s data network, simplifying network management by combining services.
Benefits of VoIP
VoIP pricing is generally very cost-effective, as it combines data and voice services over a single network. Furthermore, “local” and “long distance” calls frequently receive the same flat rate. By routing calls through the internet, VoIP can be used across multiple locations, mobile devices, and cloud systems, making it extremely versatile. Finally, VoIP is often easier to work with as lines are added with little configuration required and telecommunications companies are committed to continuing to upgrade and update VoIP services, though upgrades are less frequent with the advanced equipment VoIP utilizes.
123Net’s Voice Services
Many companies are making the switch to future-proof VoIP solutions. As they seek to cut costs, improve features, and grow their businesses, VoIP technology will continue to expand to meet demands. 123Net is the largest independent phone company in Michigan and has been committed to providing enterprise grade VoIP services since 2001. To learn more about how you can upgrade your business voice services to VoIP, with services including SIP Trunking, Dynamic PRI, and Hosted IP PBX, visit https://www.123.net/voice-services/
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/