With support for up to 160gbit/s of connectivity, 24x7 staff and 5 diverse carriers, redundant power, cooling, and security, the datacenter has the typical bells and whistles you would expect to ind in a reliable, robust environment designed for 24x7 continuous operation.
Centrally located in Denver, CO the datacenter is ideally situated in a low-risk geography that shelters mission/business critical IT and network environments from major natural disasters. Customers looking for excellent mid-point US connectivity, disaster recovery or simply geographic peace of mind by hosting in Seismic Zone 1 (one of the lowest risk zones in the country) will find our Denver Cloud an excellent option.
Located in Denver’s central business district, the building we occupy has power feeds from multiple substations. Electrical service is connected to our Mitsubishi 375KVA UPS, which delivers conditioned power to the data center. In the event of a utility power failure, our diesel generator will immediate start up and begin carrying the entire data center load. Building life safety systems are backed up by two separate generators. Redundant “B” side power is delivered via a PowerWare 9315 160KVA UPS.
Cooling and humidity is controlled by 7 air handling units featuring N+1 redundancy. The HVAC units keep the operating environment in the data center at 70 degrees within 45% humidity with variation of no more than 4 degrees to temperature and 4% humidity. To ensure that optimal cooling and air circulation is available at all times, air flow studies are conducted and an ana lysis with infrared heat sensing cameras is performed on a regular basis. We also have local and remote environmental monitoring systems in place. For additional redundancy, CRAC units connected to dive rse heat rejection sources and mechanisms.
Our data center facility is located in a building that has 24×7 on site security. After business hours, all individuals entering or exiting the building are required to prese nt building credentials and sign in with onsite security staff. Upon doing so, they are only granted elevator access to the floor they need access to. Additionally, we have our own security system which consists of access control systems within our office suite and remotely monitored video surveillance.
Fire Detection and Suppression
Fire detection within the data center is provided by an early detection alarm system monitored both within our office suite and by the building’s 24×7 security staff.. The data center has detectors installed both above and below the raised flooring. The fire suppression system is a pre-action, dry pipe which would discharge water only from the appropriate locations when the heat in the data center increases enough to trigger a fire sprinkler head. The discharge of a sprinkler would signal the emergency power-off switch, which would simultaneously turn off the commercial electrical power to the data center and switch to UPS power.
Juniper EX Switches. Juniper MX Routers. You won’t find anything else on our production network. At our network border, we utilize a redundant pair of Juniper MX routers, scalable to 80Gbps of Internet connectivity each. At our network core, we have over 80 10Gbps ports, across two different Juniper EX switches. Our Juniper MX routers and our Juniper EX core switches feature A+B redundant power. Our top of rack, customer facing switches are connected via redundant 10Gbps links to our network core. Our network is designed to be highly available and self-healing. We utilize rapid spanning tree protocol (RTSP) and bidirectional forwarding detection (BFD) to provide sub-second failover of switched and routed traffic, in the event of a problem with one of our core switches or border routers.
IP Transit / Connectivity
We have IP transit connectivity to 5 different world class Tier 1 and Tier 2 networks. Level(3), twtelecom, Hurricane Electric, TeliaSonera and Inteliquent (TiNet). We have carefully selected these providers based on their above average performance domestically and internationally. We take full BGP routes (both IPv4 and IPv6) from each provider and provide all of our customers with an optimized, blended mix of bandwidth.
Transport Facilities and Capabilities
Complementing our Juniper powered network, multiple, physically diverse transport facilities provide our data center facility with highly available, redundant external network connectivity. Presently, we have dark fiber and metro-ethernet point to point circuits to two different POPs within downtown Denver, including 910 15th Street, Denver’s main carrier hotel. By late summer 2012, our dark fiber circuit will be upgraded to a full dark fiber ring, further enhancing our network redundancy and capacity.
Intelligent Routing Optimzation
We utilize the Noction intelligent routing optimization platform that continuously analyzes network traffic in real-time. If our routing optimization platform detects that one provider offers a network path with less latency, packet loss or simply better overall performance, traffic will automatically be re-routed over the best path within a matter of minutes. We are able to seamlessly and automatically route around major network problems and slowdowns.
Location is everything. NetActuate operates 27+ high availability network POPs that deliver Anycast, multihomed BPG blended bandwidth, and direct cloud connect services that can be deployed across VPS, dedicated bare metal servers, and colocation infrastructure in 6 continents.