AIS BusinessConnect: Network Connectivity for Your Company
To maximize performance, security, and reliability, AIS Data Centers manages its own regional Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network which allows real-time service delivery from multiple points on the Internet to any AIS Data Centers facility.
The highly redundant MPLS network reaches from San Diego and Los Angeles in Southern California to Phoenix in Central Arizona via diverse routes.
The AIS Data Centers network provides low-latency Layer 3 VPN service between each facility. The MPLS links consist of multiple redundant 10Gbps connections over dark fiber and optical carrier links between sites designed to self-heal in the event of a failure.
AIS Data Centers has more than 40Gbps of high-performance IPv4 and IPv6 Internet connectivity with direct Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peering to major subscriber networks spread across multiple data centers and more than 70 other peering and backbone connections.
Every AIS Data Center site is designed to be fully autonomous and able to operate independently — but in the event of an external failure the AIS Data Centers network has built-in self-healing (<5ms!) recovery mechanisms.
AIS BusinessConnect Network Architecture
- Tier 1 Peering
- High Availability
- Aggregate Routers uplink to two Border Routers
- Border Routers provide transit to other data centers
- IPv4 and IPv6 BGP peering, IPv6 fully deployed
- 10Gbps backbone network MPLS, operated by AIS
- Client-accessible BGP communities
- Redundant links tuned for rapid convergence
AIS Data Centers operates a private Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone built on top of our redundant optical network. The AIS Data Centers MPLS backbone provides low-latency, highly redundant Layer 3 VPN service between each facility.
Clients use MPLS pseudowires for Layer 3 VPN connectivity between their locations in AIS Data Centers for Disaster Recovery applications or for their own long-haul transport service.
Metro Ethernet / MPLS carriers include AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Level3, Savvis, Sprint, Verizon, and XO.
Speed range from 10Mbps to 1Gbps, providing fast and secure access between sites or to the Internet.
AIS Data Centers has more than 70 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peering and backbone connections spread across multiple facilities providing more than 40Gbps of direct, high-performance Internet service connectivity.
- ANY2 – Los Angeles
- CIIX – Los Angeles
Notable Direct Peers in Los Angeles:
- Flag Telecom
- Hurricane Electric
- Signgapore Telecom
- Optical: 100Mbps to 10Gbps
- Dark Fiber: 100Mbps to 160Gbps
- MPLS: 10Mbps to 1Gbps cross-connected
Access Connectivity – Colocation:
- Fast Ethernet: Cat5e, Cat6
- Gigabit Ethernet: MMF, SMF, Cat6
Access Connectivity – External:
- TDM: T1 – DS3
- Wireless: 10 – 54Mbps
- MPLS: AT&T, Cox, Level 3, Sprint, TelePacific, Verizon, XO with 10Mbps – 500Gbps to data centers
- Dark Fiber: 100Mbps to 160Gbps
Data replication is a key component for Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) planning.
At AIS Data Centers, we leverage our redundant optical network to give clients the fastest possible path between our San Diego and Phoenix facilities.
MPLS pseudowires provide Layer 3 VPN connectivity between your primary and DR applications.
AIS Data Centers provides managed and unmanaged dark fiber connectivity yielding up to 160 Gbps of point-to-point bandwidth service across a single pair of dark fiber strands.
AIS Data Centers designs and installs diversely-routed fiber links to give clients the ultimate in reliability, security, and performance.
What Value Blended Bandwidth?
AIS Data Centers’ blended bandwidth consists approximately 45Gbps of upstream bandwidth from seven major transit providers and more than 100 direct peering connections at the major peering points in One Wilshire.
Many of the transit providers are subscriber networks (ATT, Sprint, Verizon, Comcast, and Cox), thereby allowing optimized access to end-users on cable, DSL, or mobile connections. These subscriber networks are significantly more expensive than the cheaper options, but they add value in terms of performance and availability. We have also selected our transit links to give of geographic diversity, so outages that are local to San Diego or Los Angeles (e.g., fiber cut) are much less likely to impact our clients.
In the event that a single provider goes offline (and they do), recovery is BGP-driven and immediate. In the event that a provider does not go completely down, AIS Data Centers has the capacity and capability to route via other providers in order to minimize or eliminate customer impact.
This was illustrated during the week of October 21, 2014, when Level 3’s San Diego POP experienced sixteen hours of extremely high latency (100 – 140ms). Due to our network diversity, many of our clients saw no impact and those that did see an impact had it resolved within an hour. This type of recovery is difficult without an extensively peered network.
AIS also has DDoS protection capabilities that can mitigate attacks that would simply overrun a 1Gbps or 10Gbps uplink. We have tools to detect the onset of these attacks and provide useful information that would be hard (or impossible) to get from a carrier. We partner with a cloud-based DDoS protection network provider that can absorb up to 200Gbps of attack, thereby removing the unwanted traffic and allowing the “scrubbed” traffic to pass through to our clients. Very few carriers offer this service and it is often expensive and cumbersome to implement.
AIS provides BGP peering on both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and we have customer-usable BGP communities to give our clients control over how their networks are advertised on the internet across our upstream providers.
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