Surfing the 'Net at gigabit speeds.
A fast-growing data-access center rides the wiring wave of the future.
Surf's up on the West Coast, and this time El Nino is not the cause. Simple Network Communications Inc., San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , Calif., created a highspeed wave by providing the region's best-connected Internet access See how to access the Internet. center with gigabit technology for its customers' Web travel. Accentric, the company's Internet access division, offers round-the-clock, business-critical Internet services to businesses due to its recently installed gigabit-ready cabling infrastructure.
As the wave of gigabit technology has not even crested, many businesses want to be on top so that their wiring infrastructure will not have to be replaced and updated later. "Accentric is the first server hosting company in the area to take the plunge into gigabit technology," says Dan Peters, vice president of operations for Pacific ComTel, Escondido, Calif., installers for the cabling.
"San Diego is becoming `Silicon Valley South' largely due to the `Maquilladoras,' which are major OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and manufacturers that have situated plants on the border of Mexico. These companies need Internet access," says Peters. Accentric's co-location and hosting services allow companies to lease space to place their server(s) on the Accentric Internet backbone (communications, networking) Internet backbone - High-speed networks that carry Internet traffic.
These communications networks are provided by companies such as AT&T, GTE, IBM, MCI, Netcom, Sprint, UUNET and consist of high-speed links in the T1, T3, OC1 and OC3 ranges. . Accentric also offers T-1 and DS-3 WAN access to the Internet for companies that need high-speed access directly from their offices. Due to this capability, no modems or dial-ups are required. T-1 lines allow 1.544 Mbps of throughput, and DS-3 lines access the 'Net at 45 Mbps speeds.
Accentric's backbone infrastructure was designed on a concept called "inside/ out networking." Instead of accessing the Internet from one outside provider accessing its networks' points of presence (POP) and private peering, Accentric has brought the Internet backbones A group of communications networks managed by several commercial companies that provide the major high-speed links across the country. ISPs are either connected directly to these backbones or to a larger regional ISP that is connected to one. inside. "This way we can control the routing of traffic," says Robert Bingham, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Simple Network. "This ultimately means that we can push data out faster, more effectively, and more reliably than many other providers. Accentric has contracted with several high-bandwidth national Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. (ISPs) such as Sprint, UUnet, GTE GTE General Telephone & Electronics
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GTE Gas Turbine Efficiency plc (Sweden & USA) , Verio, and GoodNet. "For each provider we have a full 45 Mbps connection, which means we have 225 Mbps of outbound capacity," says Mark Hopperton, vice president for Accentric. "As the need and capacity requirements grow, we will add more capacity by either adding another connection (ISP (1) See in-system programmable.
(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines. ) to the 'Net or making the existing connections bigger, the next step being 155 Mbps."
To gain access to the upstream ISPs, Accentric required multiple Carrier Access Providers (CAPs) to bring connectivity into the access center. The carriers use fiber on full SONET-protected rings to support OC-3, OC-12, and eventually OC-48 data capacities. [With SONET, more than one fiber line (ring) creates redundancy and a back-up system for any outages from fiber cuts or other disconnectivity problems. When one fiber goes down, the system automatically diverts traffic to the other fiber.] "We need to take redundancy to its ultimate, so we have multiple CAPs (MFS MFS Medicare fee schedule , ICG ICG
indocyanine green. , TCG (Trusted Computing Group, Beaverton, OR, www.trustedcomputinggroup.org) The successor to the Trusted Computer Platform Alliance (TCPA), announced in 2003 by founding members AMD, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. , and Windstar) supplying the physical connections to the ISPs," says Mark Hopperton. Two of the fiber rings will actually run through the building on divergent paths, so there will be true SONET protection for the backbone. "Windstar is supplying a microwave link to its San Diego POP, so our bandwidth travels through the air and through the ground, which is about as redundant as you can get," says Mark Hopperton.
"We chose fiber for the backbone to allow for unlimited bandwidth expandability. For the internal horizontal cabling we went with an enhanced-frequency Category 5 solution. This allows us to take advantage of the high data speeds such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as ATM speeds of 155 or 622 Mbps and beyond," says Frank Hopperton, access center manager. "Without gigabit-ready wiring inside our access center, the full capabilities of the emerging high-speed, high-bandwidth networking protocols would be inaccessible."
A total of 150 racks will be located in the Accentric access center in the heart of the 22-story Home Savings Tower, a high-rise office complex in downtown San Diego. The access center provides the "real estate" and environmental infrastructure for a dedicated server product and co-location space that anyone can lease. The wiring infrastructure is designed to service as many servers or connections to the Internet as can be installed in 150 racks. The bandwidth potential is virtually unlimited. "The limit really is the physical space not the network," says Frank Hopperton.
"When Accentric asked for a gigabit-speed system for future Web-hosting requirements, only one supplier came to mind--Ortronics," says Dan Peters. "Not only is Ortronics the first manufacturer to offer total gigabit solutions, it was also chosen for product availability, support, and warranty through Graybar."
"Ortronics is the only supplier to make us truly cyber ready for our accelerating server hosting and connectivity business," says Allen Cocumelli, COO and general counsel for Simple Network. Ortronics, Pawcatuck, Conn., a global leader in flexible network solutions for structured cabling systems, together with Graybar, a full-service, full-stocking distributor, provided Accentric with enhanced-frequency Category 5 cabling products for a gigabit-ready system.
Ortronics provided enhanced-frequency Category 5 patch panels to serve the 150 racks that connect the servers to the backbone through and through; thoroughly; entirely.
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See also: Backbone utilizing 40,000 feet of CommScope Utra II enhanced-frequency Category 5 350 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. horizontal cabling and patch cords. Between the patch panels on the racks, Ortronics provided finger duct cable management panels, allowing easy installation and moves. For horizontal cable routing, Ortronics vertical finger duct channels were installed between the racks. "With the Ortronics products and installation by an Ortronics certified installer, Pacific ComTel, this system is guaranteed for 25 years," says Scott Burke, Graybar sales representative, San Diego, Calif. "That's more than they'll ever need."
While Accentric was installing this inside/out network, the main headquarters of Simple Network, which houses Accentric and other subsidiaries, was installing its in-house networking system in tandem with the access center build out. Located on the 13th floor in the Home Savings Tower, one-third of the space is dedicated to the data-access center infrastructure and network operations center See NOC.
Network Operations Center - (NOC) A location from which the operation of a network or internet is monitored. Additionally, this center usually serves as a clearinghouse for connectivity problems and efforts to resolve those problems. . Simple Network selected an Ortronics end-to-end CAT 5 system. The cabling included 60,000 feet of CAT 5 from CommScope with 120 drops. "They (Simple Network) wanted to do it right the first time. In doing so, they put in more product than what they needed today but will have enough for later expansion," says Eric Seelig, Ortronics regional manager, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Ortronics CAT 5 TracJack outlets, and horizontal CAT 5 cabling was installed for voice and data to the desk. Universal wiring was chosen for the networking scheme. "With universal wiring, it doesn't matter what I am transporting because I've got connectivity for any CAT 5 protocol in our walls," says Mark Hopperton. "Right now we are running 10Base-T, 100Base-T, as well as phones."
The network operations center at Simple Network Communications and Accentric is protected by a state-of-the-art Inergen fire suppression system Fire suppression systems are used in conjunction with smoke detectors and fire alarm systems to improve and increase public safety Types
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See: International Chamber of Commerce (Intermediate Cross-Connect) are Ortronics CAT 5 patch panels and finger duct cable management panels. "Color-coded icons at the workstation correspond to each port in the patch panel at the ICC," says Mark Keyes, project manager, Pacific ComTel.
"We built this center to get as close to six 9's (99.999999%) up time," says Mark Hopperton. To protect its investment and its customers' investment, the network operations center at Simple Network and Accentric is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Data are passed from SNMP agents, which are hardware and/or software processes reporting activity in each network device (hub, router, bridge, etc. (Simple Network Management Protocol) and ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) A TCP/IP protocol used to send error and control messages. For example, a router uses ICMP to notify the sender that its destination node is not available. (Internet Control Message Protocol (protocol) Internet Control Message Protocol - (ICMP) An extension to the Internet Protocol (IP) that allows for the generation of error messages, test packets, and informational messages related to IP. It is defined in STD 5, RFC 792. ) monitoring of the backbone, customers' equipment, and WAN connections. The area is protected by 60 tons of redundant air conditioning and a state-of-the-art Inergen fire suppression system. This system results in an oxygen content so low that fire cannot burn and equipment is not harmed. A redundant power system includes three 50 KVA (Kilo Volt-Amps) One thousand volt-amps. See volt-amps. Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) and a 450-kilowatt generator. "The generator supports the 800 amps of 480 volts that are coming into the access center main feed and can run for over 60 hours before refueling," says Frank Hopperton. "We have a lot at stake, and I had to methodically design the power/equipment room and access center to the inch to make sure that there is a backup for everything that could go wrong," he says. "After all, with 150 racks filled with many Web-hosting machines, we are certain that we will be handling more than the current one percent of all Internet traffic. We have to be prepared for the next wave."
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