Connectria’s fiber redundancy fix

Connectria disaster redundancy dark fiber

Client background

St. Louis-based Connectria Hosting offers managed hosting and cloud hosting services to more than 1,000 customers in more than 30 countries. They provide both full and partial data center outsourcing to companies ranging in size from small and medium enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. The independent organization CloudSlueth has ranked Connectria the number one cloud provider in America.

Connectria runs two data center facilities in the St. Louis area, each about six blocks from one another. Before working with Arch Fiber Networks, these two facilities were not connected to one another.

The need

Connectria was seeking a redundancy option for their own network. The company wanted something that would allow them to dynamically route around any trouble spots in their network by backhauling traffic over to the carriers in one building in the event of a problem at the other. If, for example, an Internet carrier had an issue somewhere outside one of Connectria’s St. Louis data centers, they wanted a way to reroute traffic to the other with low latency and without having to rely on a carrier.

Additionally, Connectria wanted to provide its customers with a backup in the case of a localized building disaster. They were looking to offer solutions from a local prospective, where redundancy systems would be in place for St. Louis. Ideally, this would take the form of two separate, yet connected, physical buildings providing a level of redundancy and high-availability. Without that that high-speed link, Connectria’s redundancy options were limited.

What Connectria got with Arch Fiber:

• Three pairs of dark fiber cables from Arch Fiber Networks capable of being multiplexed several times into multiple concurrent, private connections per single fiber pair. Because Arch Fiber Networks already had infrastructure in the building, installation was quick and required no significant last-mile work.
• The ability to provision all fibers in the way that best suits Connectria, independent of service packages and equipment offered by a large provider. All while spending significantly less than with a lit provider.
• Disaster recovery capabilities for their own internal business infrastructure by having their own systems in two separate buildings while maintaining a high-speed link between the two.
• Local and regional disaster recovery capabilities for its customers, with the ability route around trouble spots and by backhauling traffic from carriers experiencing connectivity issues.

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