GalaxyVisions Network and Connectivity
GalaxyVisions' network boasts over 8Gbps (8,000mbps) of bandwidth connectivity from nearly a dozen, hand-picked providers and peering arrangements. With GalaxyVisions, your sites and applications are hosted at lightning speeds and with multiple redundant routes to the Internet.
GalaxyVisions' network operates on industry-leading network equipment from Cisco Systems. The network is based on gigabit technology, which means that it runs at a speed of 1,000 megabits per second. Most Web hosting networks are limited to 100 Mb per second.
GalaxyVisions' network also exclusively uses CAT6 network cable, which contains four pairs of copper wire and, unlike CAT5, utilizes all four pairs. CAT6 supports gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Ethernet. That's more than twice the speed of CAT5e, which is the other popular standard for gigabit Ethernet cabling.
GalaxyVisions' core BGP+ network is built on Cisco 6500 Series switches running 720 3BXL supervisors. It's connected to our core server network with Cisco 3500 Series catalyst switches. GalaxyVisions chose the Cisco 3500 Series to be at the heart of its internal core network.
Each unit runs a combination of 10/100, 10/100/1000 Mbps along with fully redundant short-haul fiber interfaces. GalaxyVisions maintains a full set of spares, including chassis, blades, power supply units and supervisor modules for the 3500 Series catalyst switches in operation as well as the 6500 routers.
From its redundant core, GalaxyVisions supplies two diverse network connections from two separate core switches. While only one connection is used to route traffic, the second connection is a hot-standby circuit ready to route traffic in the event of a problem. The transfer to the hot-standby circuit happens instantly without any impact to the network or customers.
GalaxyVisions' network also features:
1. Additional network POPs maintained in three other NYC data center facilities.
2. Dual network cable drops to all racks ensuring no single point of failure.
3. Duplicate core and edge equipment so there's no downtime in the event of hardware failure.
Connectivity and Bandwidth Providers
GalaxyVisions' connectivity is provided by multiple, hand-picked Tier 1 carriers, and it offers multiple, redundant direct connections. This enables our traffic to bypass slower Internet service providers and take the shortest possible path between the GV data center and your users around the world. Our architecture features low latency, lightning-fast speeds and top-notch reliability that you will not find anywhere else. GalaxyVisions will provide you with the tools, bandwidth and stability that you require for your mission-critical applications.
GalaxyVisions provides maximum speed and redundancy from premium bandwidth providers, including:
Zayo Enterprise Networks
Lightower Fiber Networks
Fastest Route, Less Hops, Less Latency
Most enterprise ISP networks send traffic to its destination using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). BGP is a network protocol that determines the path across the network based on the fewest number of available network hops. But one challenge with BGP is that it does not take individual network quality or performance into account when making these routing decisions. GalaxyVisions has determined that BGP alone is not enough to ensure predictable network performance.
GalaxyVisions' network takes BGP one step further. It uses several measures of network performance to determine the quickest and most reliable path to the end user. This is done by taking network samples with very small UDP (User Datagram Protocol) probes across all available paths from our data center to the end user. Once the best path has been determined, the BGP routes are then manipulated to improve overall network performance. These improvements are done in real time to allow for the always-changing Internet. The result is consistent and superior end-to-end network performance for business-critical applications.