St. Clair County RESA Partners with 123Net to Revamp Fiber Usage

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 02, 2018 – Starting an essential change in how their fiber network will be utilized, St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (St. Clair County RESA) is partnering with 123Net, a premier provider of data center, network, and voice services for Michigan businesses. RESA’s fiber network that brings high-speed internet access to schools, public libraries, and municipalities throughout St. Clair County will be improved and expanded, while 123Net will gain access to the County to serve the community’s businesses.

St. Clair County RESA created their fiber network, stretching about 200 miles throughout the county, more than 20 years ago. Through this new partnership, RESA will gain a larger fiber network, and significantly reduced cost for internet service. RESA also gains access to the largest, privately owned, carrier neutral data center in Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), one of the largest peering hubs globally. 123Net, in turn, will be able to expand into St. Clair County and offer more competitive connections to private St. Clair County businesses and industries. These businesses will be able to peer with any of the participants of DET-IX. 123Net is in the process of building two 10 Gbps virtual pipes between their Southfield data center and the RESA, providing an added layer of redundancy to the county’s connectivity.

Dennis Buckmaster, RESA’s Director of Information Technology, is optimistic about the future of this partnership. “Much of our area is significantly underserved, and bringing more providers to the area will only help our community,” Buckmaster said. “This partnership with 123Net will help to close that gap for our county and our businesses. I see this partnership continuing to grow in the future.” 123Net expects to finish the construction of a new internet backbone along the St. Clair River sometime this year. Given its location across from Canada, this expanded network will host multiple ports ideal for international trade.

Businesses in the area expecting to benefit from the partnership include automotive parts manufacturers, agricultural centers, power plants, and Michigan’s salt-mining industry, among others. This initiative will also provide a roadmap for other counties to follow to create a similar structure and capitalize on opportunities for their communities.

“It’s exciting when we’re able to partner with groups like St. Clair County RESA,” said Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development at 123Net. “We’re dedicated to providing Michigan businesses with the best service possible, so it’s really a win-win for everyone involved when businesses get the connections they need, the RESA is able to grow and upgrade inexpensively, and we get to expand our footprint to another community that we can serve. We’re looking forward to this inspiring other communities to leverage our solutions and partner with us in similar ways.”

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. For more information, please visit http://www.123.net/news

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 Southfield, 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 to make the connection. This not only reduces the cost of exchanging traffic but provides a localization of traffic for the 4.5 million inhabitants of the Detroit metro area. For more information visit https://www.123.net/det-ix/

About St. Clair County RESA

St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency supports St. Clair County’s seven K-12 public school districts including middle size city, suburban, and rural school settings.

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Ihor Diachenko

Director of Marketing

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248.228.8244

City of Westland Selects 123Net’s Dark Fiber Proposal

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., September 18, 2018 – The City of Westland recently opened the door to any Internet service providers (ISPs) interested in submitting a proposal to solve the City’s Wide Area Network (WAN) needs. Proposals included technologies that were able to connect the City’s 14 municipal buildings, including City Hall, Police and Fire buildings, and the William P. Faust Public Library. Craig Brown, Interim Chief Innovation Officer: Department of Innovation and Technology, recommended 123Net to the purchaser.

“We were open to any technologies. We wanted to allow providers to get creative with their solutions and offer the best of what they were able to specialize in,” Brown said of the process.

123Net offered dark fiber, an option that allows the City to control their own network and scale at their own pace. “123Net’s proposal was very competitive,” Brown commented. “They were able to offer what is considered the best network technology, dark fiber, with additional redundancy in their fixed wireless, without extra costs and upgrades for future scalability. Their proposal was really able to focus on the big picture, for us going forward.”

The City is also looking into colocating in 123Net’s Southfield data center and creating a disaster recovery plan through their new ISP, completing the “big picture” of their network needs. Westland is one of almost two dozen municipalities benefiting from 123Net’s competitively priced, diverse end-to-end solutions.

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.

About the City of Westland
The City of Westland is located in Southeast Michigan, about 40 minutes west of Detroit. The City is home to over 80,000 residents and numerous parks and recreation centers, including the Mike Mondano Ice Arena, Concrete Jungle Skate Park, and the Westland Golf Course.
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123Net Media Contact:
Ihor Diachenko
Director of Marketing
idiachenko@123.net
248.228.8244

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

Maintaining 100 percent 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 losses.

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 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 2(N+1)?
If you ordered bagels with a 2N mindset, you would order 20 bagels from one bagel shop and 20 more from 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 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, 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 do 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, consider collocating at 123Net. To learn more about power redundancy, schedule a data center tour with 123Net today. Visit https://www.123.net/data-center/