1&1 Extends Data Network in the SMB WorldMonday, January 21, 2008
Posted by John Beagle
1&1 Extends Data Network
Excerpt: Millions of web hosting customers in Europe and the U.S. will have their content reach Internet users worldwide faster and more reliably. The data volume transmitted from 1&1's data centers has nearly doubled over the past year from 3,500 Terabytes (3.5 million Gigabytes) in January 2007, to 6,500 Terabytes in December 2007.
Philadelphia, PA (January 21, 2008) - 1&1 Internet Inc., today completed a comprehensive extension of its wide area network (WAN). An overall bandwidth of more than 120 Gigabit/second is now available for 1&1's top-of-the-line data centers in Europe and the United States. For the first time, 1&1 is connected directly to a large Internet Exchange point outside of Europe at Equinix in Chicago. The development means that the external connectivity of the world's largest web host has tripled over the past twelve months.
Andreas Gauger, chairman of the board, 1&1 Internet Inc., said, "With the upgrade of our Internet bandwidth, our millions of web hosting customers in Europe and the U.S. can be sure that their content will reach Internet users worldwide even faster and more reliably. As a result of multimedia applications like video streaming, the demand for bandwidth has grown enormously over the last few years." The data volume transmitted from 1&1's data centers has in fact nearly doubled over the past year from 3,500 Terabytes (3.5 million Gigabytes) in January 2007, to 6,500 Terabytes in December 2007.
Over the next year, 1&1 will focus on extending its U.S. network. In Chicago, at Equinix, 1&1 is for the first time connected to a large Internet Exchange point outside of Europe. In March, 1&1 will more than double the external connectivity of its Lenexa, Kansas data center.
With more than 600,000 customers, 1&1 is presently the fifth-largest web host in the U.S. market.
Besides the upgrade of its wide area network, 1&1 has also made changes to its underlying technology. Instead of SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy), now Ethernet technology - well-known from corporate and home networks - is being utilized. "Ethernet can be handled more easily, and by switching to powerful routers from U.S. based manufacturer Foundry Networks, we can even save money," comments Andreas Gauger. 1&1 benefits from an additional cost saving potential through the network extension, as data streams can be distributed optimally through new peerings and routing alternatives.
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About 1&1 Internet Inc.:
1&1 Internet Inc. is a subsidiary of United Internet, a profitable public company with a market cap of $4 billion. 1&1 was founded in 1988 and hosts more than 9 million domain names, while more than 40,000 servers run on the company's five state-of-the-art data centers. 1&1's global community is over 7 million customer contracts strong. The company's U.S. headquarters is located in Chesterbrook, PA. For more information, please contact the company at www.1and1.com or 1-877-461-2631.
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