FASTDOT Enterprise Network
FASTDOT has partnered with leading technology vendors such as Cisco Systems, Dell, HP & Juniper Networks, to build a high performance Enterprise Network offering both full N+1 redundancy and fault mitigation at multiple layers. FASTDOT uses VRRP internally to protect our default gateways from hardware failure. This combined with dual BGP peerings to each upstream provider allows us to provide a high level of network redundancy for our customers. Rack distribution switches are equipped with redundant power supplies (RPS) and dual uplinks to core switches. We have deployed a full N+1 network configuration with hardware spares for each piece of critical infrastructure.
FASTDOT also chooses carrier neutral data centers to provide premium network performance and redundancy options, as well as a range of premium upstream bandwidth providers to provide multiple options for our customers in Australia and Internationally.
Last but not least, our network engineers are continuously monitoring our network & infrastructure 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days a Year, ensuring uninterrupted high-speed access to your services.
We currently provide bandwidth through Telstra, Optus, TATA, Vocus, AAPT,NTT , Digital River and Equinix, as well as peering via PIPE Networks NSW IX and Equinix IX.
We use a number of protocols across the network to achieve N+1 redundancy and provide a secure, stable low latency network environment:
- VRRP protecting our default gateways against hardware failures.
- Multi-homed routing with all prefixes advertised via Dual BGP peerings to each upstream provider.
- Clustered Juniper Firewall
- Redundant Power supplies for all distribution/core routers, firewalls,and switches.
- Dual trunks between all distribution and core network devices.
- Hardware spares on standby.
- Dedicated out-of-band-access
- Monitoring using industry standards such as SNMP, ICMP, Syslog, and Netflow ensuring the present health of all network elements while allowing us to efficiently plan for the future.
- Cross connects and fire-walling can be provisioned for any of our dedicated hosting services.
What is a redundant Enterprise Network in a Datacenter?
A redundant enterprise network in a data center refers to the design and implementation of a network infrastructure that incorporates redundancy at multiple levels to ensure high availability, fault tolerance, and continuity of network services.
Redundancy in an enterprise network is crucial because it helps minimize or eliminate single points of failure, reducing the risk of network outages and ensuring uninterrupted operations. In a data center environment, where the network is a critical component supporting various services and applications, redundancy becomes even more essential.
Here are some key aspects of a redundant enterprise network in a data center:
- Redundant Network Equipment: The network infrastructure includes redundant switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, and other networking devices. Redundant equipment ensures that if one device fails, another takes over seamlessly to maintain network connectivity.
- Redundant Network Paths: Multiple physical network paths are established between devices to provide redundancy. This involves deploying redundant network cables, switches, and routers to create diverse paths, so if one path fails, traffic can be automatically rerouted through an alternate path.
- Redundant Power Supplies: Network devices are equipped with redundant power supplies, allowing them to remain operational even if one power supply fails or if there is a power outage. Power redundancy includes backup power sources such as uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and backup generators.
- Redundant Internet Connectivity: Multiple internet service providers (ISPs) are used to establish redundant connections to the internet. This helps ensure that if one ISP experiences an outage, the network traffic can be automatically routed through another ISP, maintaining internet connectivity.
- Network Load Balancing: Load balancers distribute network traffic across multiple servers or devices to evenly distribute the load and avoid overloading any single component. Load balancing helps improve performance and provides redundancy by allowing traffic to be redirected if one server or device becomes unavailable.
- Network Monitoring and Failover: Monitoring systems continuously monitor the network for performance, availability, and anomalies. In case of a failure or degraded performance, automated failover mechanisms can redirect traffic to redundant components or alternate paths without human intervention.
The goal of a redundant enterprise network in a data center is to provide continuous network connectivity, minimize downtime, and ensure high availability of network services. By implementing redundant design principles, businesses can mitigate the impact of network failures, improve fault tolerance, and maintain uninterrupted operations for critical applications and services.