21 August 2017

Network

The SolidHost network architecture consists of Juniper core routers, Cisco aggregration routers, Foundry Distribution routers/switches and 3com edge switches. All routers and switches are fully redundant (N+1 or N+2), in the event any device fails one of the other devices will take over seamlessly. Additionally each router also has redundant cards within the router, as well as redundant power supplies, which are each directly connected to a separated UPS.

As a customer you will not directly see the difference between our network architecture or the one from one our competitors, until a failure occurs. It is inevitable that an electronic device will fail at some point, and due to the millions of microscopic transistors in each such a device it's practically impossible to predict when and where that will happen. The key to operating a high-availability network is to avoid any single point of failure; by ensuring that whenever any network device fails, another device cross-connected to take over seamlessly. This is where many of our competitors try to cut their costs, after all nobody will notice the single point of failure, until the device actually fails. Any device will fail, eventually.

Network

Our core and aggregration routers are located in three physically dispersed facilities, where they connect to the carriers and exchanges based on the BGP4 protocol. Each facility is connected to eachother using a redundant 10 gigabit blackfiber ring. This makes sure that whenever a cable is cut, all traffic still has 2 alternative routes available to reach our network.

Also within the facility we utilize redundant routes for all network cabling. Whenever we connect a switch or router to another switch or router, we always make sure to pull another cable using a completely different route.

Our network is operated by our 24/7 networking staff, whom are highly trained and experienced to monitor and maintain our network. In the event of a failure, they are standing by to take corrective action immediately.