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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.

123NET Donates Network Connection to Detroit COVID-19 Testing Site

SOUTHFIELD, MI., Monday, March 30, 2020 – The City of Detroit began a drive-thru coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Friday, March 26, 2020. Prior to arrival at the site, a doctor must prescribe you be tested and schedule you an appointment between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. any day of the week. They can call 313-230-0505.

The State Fairgrounds’ site can administer an estimated 400 tests a day over the next six weeks at an average 50 cars an hour while providing results five days later. This testing site is the result of a partnership between Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Trinity Health Systems, Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County, and the City of Detroit. In response to the community’s need, 123NET is aiding in this partnership with a donation of 50 Mbps of high-speed carrier-grade symmetrical fixed wireless internet to the testing site for collecting, inputting, and processing medical data.

123NET is proud to be helping out local communities during these current conditions.

“We want to enable our communities to achieve their goals without worrying about reliable connectivity. I feel proud that our leadership is committed to the community and has stepped up to help Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.”

Heather Garey, 123NET Agent Manager

“If there is any other way we can enlist our network, resources, or expertise to assist in the community fight against COVID-19, please reach out as we’re looking to help.”

Chuck Irvin, 123NET Director of Sales & Network Development

For more information on the COVID-19 test site:  

123NET remains dedicated to expanding its existing network of 1500+ fiber lit buildings and 55+ Fixed Wireless PoP sites with the latest, most reliable, and secure technologies available. 123NET’s network also includes 4,000+ route miles of proprietary fiber, four Tier 3 data centers, and is home to the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX).

OUR MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK, TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES & BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

123NET Expands Fixed Wireless Coverage to Brighton

SOUTHFIELD, MI., Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET) is expanding network coverage with a new fixed wireless Point of Presence (PoP) site in Brighton. Area businesses can benefit from network connectivity at gigabit speed. The fixed wireless platform provides diverse transport options, backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), setting it apart from best effort phone and cable companies.

Fixed wireless provides a high-speed carrier-grade symmetrical connection, capable of supporting Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), SD-WAN, Voice and Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) within 7 to 14 days.

“Building a network to connect underserved communities and businesses has always been a passion of mine. Furthermore, demonstrating that critical network communication can be delivered with a fixed wireless product is particularly rewarding because we can turn up the service so quickly.”

Justin Lampman, 123NET Network Operations Director

123NET remains dedicated to expanding its existing network of 1500+ fiber lit buildings and 55+ Fixed Wireless PoP sites with the latest, most reliable, and secure technologies available. 123NET’s network also includes 4,000+ route miles of proprietary fiber, four Tier 3 data centers, and is home to the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX).

OUR MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK, TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES & BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET!

123Net Connects with Switch Data Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Industry-Leading Connectivity Offers Customers Maximum Diversity in Fiber Transport

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 02, 2019 – 123.Net, Inc., (123Net) Detroit’s premier network & voice services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it is working with Switch to connect and offer new diverse connectivity with dual-fiber entrances into Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Switch customers now have the option to use 123Net’s connectivity resources at its Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids Michigan. Switch (NYSE: SWCH), is the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions.

123Net has been experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in automotive, manufacturing, health care, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among all of the cities throughout the state. Expanding 123Net’s fiber network into Switch operated data centers helps strengthen Michigan’s economy by providing businesses with more network options and more resilient services.

Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a hyperscale data center ecosystem with a capacity of over 1 million square feet. With its close proximity to Chicago (within 2.8ms), global businesses are taking advantage of this facility as they look to enter into the Michigan market. Benefits such as zero taxes, robust connectivity options, industry leading security, low latency and 100% uptime have enticed business from all over the region to look at Switch as a powerful business and technology partner.

As Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit industries continue to expand their reach throughout the state, 123Net remains focused on building network connectivity for local businesses to ensure growth and success.

“We’re excited to connect with Switch’s data center campus on the west side of Michigan,” said Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development at 123Net. “We’re dedicated to providing Michigan businesses and our partners with the best service possible. This month we lit our 1,200th building with fiber.”

Our Mission – Building network, to make Michigan communities and businesses the best connected on the planet!

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/