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The key to a stable high performance network is that there is no key. No one thing makes a network robust, it's a combination of many factors: capacity, peering, DDoS mitigation, WAN redundancy, LAN redundancy, network topology, and high performance network hardware, just to name a few.

eDataMax operates one of the largest high performance networks in existence. We own several class B IP blocks and have several of our own antonymous system numbers (few hosting providers do) which gives us direct control over peering and traffic engineering. Our network pumps out nearly two gigabits of sustained traffic each and every second, and serves an estimated 5% of all commercial web pages. Perhaps the best way to describe our network technology is to walk you through the path all of our data takes, from the server to the visitors on your web site.

From the server...
Each server in a cluster is directly connected to two redundant high performance Cisco switches via two gigabit Ethernet connections. Each switch is in turn connected to two different core routers via two gigabit Ethernet links. A loss of an Ethernet link, a switch, or a router therefore has no impact on service, as each machine has a completely redundant path to the wide area network (never mind the fact that even if a server did lose connectivity, it still wouldn’t matter due to our clustered architecture).

Through the core...
Each of our core routers are connected to high-performance border routers with multiple gigabit Ethernet connections, by way of Mazu Networks’ best-in-class DDoS detection and mitigation equipment. This forms an impenetrable wall that successfully protects all customers’ web sites, making service affecting attacks a thing of the past. The core is so resilient that if one of every piece of network equipment were to have trouble, service would still not be affected.

To the Internet...
Each of our border routers are connected to the Internet via multiple SONET or gigabit Ethernet MAN rings. Each SONET (Synchronous Optical NETwork) and gigabit Ethernet MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) ring is fault tolerant. Data can be routed in either direction along the ring, so even a physical fiber cut does not result in the loss of connectivity. Even the unlikely loss of an entire ring still does not affect our connectivity, as each of the two rings has the capacity to support the entire network load.

To the end user...
Perhaps most importantly, each of our SONET rings connect to multiple Tier 1 network backbones, including MCI, Level 3, SBC, Quest, InterNAP, and Telefonica. This is critical not just for redundancy, but for performance. The more backbones you connect to, the more likely it is that your web data will have the shortest and highest performance path to the visitor trying to retrieve it. A short network path ensures a responsive web site, which can mean the difference between a happy visitor, and a frustrated visitor.

Our entire network infrastructure is built on state of the art hardware from Cisco Systems and protected by best-of-breed network security solutions from Mazu Networks. The real foundation of our network, however, is our experienced team of network engineers who keep the entire system several steps ahead of the curve.