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How fast is the network connection?

All Mac minis located in our cabinets (model year 2010 and newer) are connected to Cisco gigabit switch stacks. Each gigabit switch stack has redundant fiber connections to redundant core switches which are a pair of Cisco 6509’s. All of our core switches are networked in a redundant high speed 10G fiber layout to our edge routers. You can test your network connection to our data center here.

Peak transfer speeds will depend on the connection at the other end of the transfer and the path it takes. Peak transfer speeds are only temporary and long term transfer rates are reflected in the ‘sustained’ transfer rates listed in our packages.

We have five different upstream BGP peers. AT&T, Cogent, Level 3, Spectrum, and NTT. We control our upstream connection with our own AS number (AS21554). Other companies may have colo space inside a huge data center with a lot of connections. However, if they do not run their own AS number and peering, it means they are getting a “blended bandwidth product” which uses a handful of random peers. Not the 30+ network providers that the data center has connectivity to. We build our network and connectivity to give great bandwidth (size of the pipe) but also low latency (responsiveness).

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