Monday, April 02, 2012

Ethernet and Colocation For Texas Business

The Lone Star State is a land of big spaces, big business, big data and the need for big bandwidth. Alpheus is a carrier with both Texas roots and a focus on the needs of Texas business. Let’s take a look at the services they offer to meet the needs of companies in banking & finance, energy, government, healthcare, information technology, legal and media sectors, among others.

Find business and carrier network services and colocation in Texas...With a Network Operations Center (NOC) in Houston, the Alpheus fiber optic network connects major cities in Texas. Their Texas regional network connects to Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Victoria and Houston. Core network reliability exceeds 99.999% or “five nines,” the gold standard for telecommunications.

Alpheus serves both enterprises and carriers within their Texas footprint. Network services include Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), Metro Ethernet, Private Line and Managed Wavelength. One of the newer services is Ethernet-Over-Local-Area-Network (E-LAN). This is a Carrier Ethernet service standardized by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and used to bridge multiple local area networks so that they act as one much larger network.

If you’ve been trying to tie business locations together with traditional telecom services, you know that there is a transition between your network edge and the telco providers network. Usually this means a protocol conversion and specialized interface hardware. What E-LAN does is eliminate that transition by keeping everything in the Ethernet protocol from end to end. A simpler service called Ethernet Line or E-LINE provides a dedicated point to point Ethernet connection between two locations as a replacement for private line services such as T1, DS3 and OC3.

Alpheus Carrier Solutions include Metro transport with rates ranging from DS-1 (1.5 Mbps) to OC-192 (10 Gbps), Texas Long Haul for connecting from Texas Metro markets to virtually anywhere in North America at the same speeds as Metro Transport, Metrolocity Peering to cross-connect with other service providers with bandwidth speeds from DS-1 to OC-12 (622 Mbps), Ethernet services to 10 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps managed wavelengths. Ethernet interfaces include 10/100 Mbps FastE, 1000 Mbps GigE and 10 Gbps Ethernet. Scalability is flexible from 1 Mbps on up to 10 Gbps to match user requirements.

Alpheus Waves and Gigabit Ethernet services offer 3 levels of protection. Load sharing consists of two interfaces with two physically diverse unprotected connections. Your provide the protection switching. Network protection is configured to protect against network outages but not client issues. Unprotected services are just that. There is no network or client protection.

Alpheus operates four Data Centers with colocation services available. These are 777 Walker (2 Shell Plaza) in Houston, 1905 E. 6th Street in Austin, 2323 Bryan in Dallas and 307 & 309 West 7th St. in Fort Worth. The Austin and Houston data centers are SAS 70 Type II Audio Certified for critical operations that need to meet that requirement.

Colocation solutions include full and half cabinets, private cages, relay racks, flexible power configurations and the Alpheus Tier 1 regional fiber optic network with connections to over 75 carriers. “Remote Hands” service is a way to let Alpheus engineers perform simple troubleshooting and maintenance tasks, plus lend a hand when emergencies pop up. Remote Hands include server & equipment reboot, equipment and card testing, secure cabling connections and removal of customer equipment.

Is your business located in Texas and in need of connectivity or colocation services? There are excellent options available to you for a simple inquiry. Get competitive quotes from Alpheus and other top tier carriers for bandwidth services and equipment colocation and see what works best for your situation.

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Note: Map of Texas courtesy of WikimediaCommons.

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