Fiber Switch And Equipment

May 21, 2007

Me and my friend are looking to place a few servers for a soho (3 servers or so). We need advise as the incoming connectivity will be fiber so we need to know what do we need to receive that fiber, we opted to go for the catalyst 2950 for the switch but if there's a good fiber switch,

Fiber will be 10mbps.

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Is KVM Equipment Necessary

Jul 25, 2007

Couldn't you just remote access into your server from elsewhere? This would save you the hassle and cost of buying/installing/maintaing the KVM equipment?

In the rare case where you have no network access but need access to the server, then you could directly plug keyboard, monitor, and mouse into the server directly, right?

And in cases where you do have network access, couldn't you just plug in your laptop into the network in the colocation facility or wherever and remote access to the servers sitting two feet away from you?

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Old Equipment

Feb 26, 2007

We have 3 1-U servers and a 1-U UPS located in a datacenter in Vancouver. If we were also located in Vancouver, I'd probably just eBay things off. However, I'm not anywhere close to there, and I can't ask the people running the datacenter to package them up and ship them off to eBay sellers. Any suggestions for how to get rid of the equipment and maybe make some money?

I did some Googling for computers liquidators in Vancouver and didn't find much. Ideally I'd want some local firm to just show up, pick up the goods, and at some point pay me for them.

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Old 1U Server Equipment And Its Use.

Apr 16, 2007

As I sit here typing this I have a stack of 10 1U 866MHZ P3 Servers in front of me.

Sometimes its possible to sell these off to some sorry soul on ebay, however if not ebay what else? I would hate to throw them out and I would like to think they could be used for something. Perhaps I could upgrade the hard drives and turn them into file servers, but then how could I even break even with the cost of co-location.

P3 866MHZ
256MB Ram (up ro 512)

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BurstNET XO Fiber

May 3, 2008

Ive just being doing some pings and tracerts on burst and it looks to me they have there new X0 fiber installed i still get around 20 hops and average 120ms ping any body found the new transit any quicker, im still deciding weather to go back to burst or not, the speeds are pretty much the same but it is too early to justify there stability

What do you think so far?

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 53 ms 98 ms 98 ms api.home []
2 38 ms 36 ms 35 ms
3 35 ms 35 ms 36 ms
4 36 ms 35 ms 35 ms
5 33 ms 36 ms 36 ms
6 139 ms 189 ms 191 ms
7 43 ms 34 ms 35 ms
8 35 ms 37 ms 36 ms [194.72.31
9 40 ms 38 ms 44 ms [62.6.200
10 38 ms 37 ms 38 ms [62.6.200
11 38 ms 37 ms 35 ms []
12 37 ms 37 ms 37 ms []
13 39 ms 37 ms 37 ms []

14 39 ms 37 ms 37 ms
15 37 ms 37 ms 37 ms []

16 110 ms 111 ms 111 ms []
17 118 ms 119 ms 117 ms []
18 257 ms 209 ms 206 ms []
19 128 ms 130 ms 127 ms []
20 120 ms 121 ms 121 ms []

Trace complete.


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=121ms TTL=48
Reply from bytes=32 time=122ms TTL=48
Reply from bytes=32 time=122ms TTL=48
Reply from bytes=32 time=120ms TTL=48

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 120ms, Maximum = 122ms, Average = 121ms


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Dark Fiber

Mar 27, 2008

Has anyone looked into getting dark fiber verse going direct with a transport provider? How much does dark fiber cost compared to say a Gig-E transport line? What kind of equipment is needed on each end of the fiber, and how much does this equipment cost? At what point does a provider look for dark fiber verse getting transport for a Lit provider?

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Anyone Have Used Fiber-Hosting

Jan 12, 2008

I saw their advertisement on WHT and trying to contact their sales and i got nice reply from their sales.

i want know if everyone used them?How about their support, uptime etc ?

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How To Find The Fiber

May 26, 2007

Assuming that one was to get a local office in a town, how would someone find building or area that had a high availbility of fiber nearby, but was not a datacenter? Are their fiber maps for each big city? Does anyone have fiber maps for Houston, Texas? I would be interested in seeing these maps if possible.

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Colo In Uk Fiber

Nov 13, 2007

A colo place in uk as me if I want a single drop or redundant drop to run my fiber... what do they mean?

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Purchasing Off Lease Equipment

Oct 23, 2009

I've been searching Google for a few days in hopes of finding companies that take off lease server equipment (sometimes almost brand new) and auctioning it off to people.

I've been buying alot of equipment through resellers of these places but I would like to cut out the middle man expense and bid for myself.

For example. This week I purchased ten Dell PowerEdge R200's with X3220 Xeon CPU's in them. These are fairly new. I don't want to buy first generation single-core xeon servers.

Look forward to finding out who is supplying these people.

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Ship My Equipment To Colocate

Jan 8, 2008

what is the best company i can shiped my equipment to it and they

our company outside usa and we need good company can offer full solutions

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DDoS Protection Equipment

Jul 6, 2008

After a year we are here to see if we have any changes in the market of ddos protection equipment that dedicated server companies or datacenters can use to protect their networks and clients from different kinds of attacks.

If the solution you use is not listed there,

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Collocated Equipment Insurance

Jan 8, 2007

Over the next year we are working to migrate all of our shared servers from leased dedicated servers to our own collocated equipment. As you can imagine it is a slow process, but we are getting there.

By this next week we will have about ten servers and a couple of switches colo'd. I am thinking it is time we looked at insuring the equipment we have colo'd and get it taken care of before we build up the volume anymore.

Is anyone able to recommend someone we may be able to contact to obtain insurance on our equipment? All of our equipment is at Colo4Dallas, in Dallas, TX split between our rack there and their secure storage room (spare parts, switch, chassis etc.).

I tried contacting our insurance company here in the United Kingdom to see if we could add it on to our office insurance but they became very hesitant when I mentioned the hardware was in Dallas, despite the fact it is probably more secure in the Colo4Dallas data center than our office.

So I guess we would be looking for a US insurance company that specializes in this type of thing. We would be looking to protect against equipment being damaged due to things like power surges, being dropped by a technician etc.

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Removing Fiber By Cutting It

Jun 23, 2009

We have a large amount of multimode fiber coiled up under our raised floor that needs to be removed. The end that remains intact is running to a SAN cabinet that is very densely populated and our vendor has suggested cutting the fiber to make it easier to remove without disturbing the remaining active fiber.

Does anyone have any experience cutting fiber in a data center environment ?

Are glass fragments or any other debris a concern ?

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Brooks Fiber Communications

Feb 14, 2008

Does anyone have any information on a company called BROOKS FIBER COMMUNICATIONS - TEXAS? They are showing up in a couple CO's on the website.

I think they might have been bought out, possibly by Verizon/MCI. If anyone can share any information about this company that would be great. Nothing seems to show up in google.

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Disaster Recovery - Renting Equipment

Oct 21, 2009

I'm putting together a disaster recovery plan and I'm trying to come up with a quick way to get new machines in place in case of catastrophic hardware failure, e.g. two servers go down at the same time (this is an HA setup and must always remain fault tolerant). At this point I'm trying to find someone who would rent a server to me, allowing me to take physical possession of it.

Why do I need physical possession of it? The problem is that I use IP-based storage on a private network and therefore can't rely on a rented server in another cabinet, even across the aisle in the same datacenter, without adding significant complexity to my setup.

So my question, in summary, is this: What would be the fastest, cheapest and simplest way to get a new server in my cabinet in a few short hours?

My servers are going to be in Colo4Dallas, so if there's a provider there who specializes in this or has made an arrangement with you or someone you know in the past, please let me know about them. If you can think of a better way to do things (the obvious solution of investing in more servers excluded),

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Does It Matter If The Company Owns Its Equipment

Feb 29, 2008

employees, owners, customers and everyone feel free to join in and tell us what you think.

Do you feel that your data is safe if the company manages their own servers? By manage I mean they fully own and operate their own hardware.

Or does it not matter as long as the company is a long time and known provider? Do you ask yourself this question when you look for a host?

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Customers Leaving Equipment In Colo

Oct 16, 2007

What happens if you quit paying your bill, or just forget to for three months. Then you don't contact the colo. What happens with your equipment,

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Fiber Optic Cable Down - No Back-up

Jun 26, 2007

I put this in the co-location section since I am co-locating a server that I host a few Websites on. The server is located in the Pacfic Northwest at a hosting company out there. As you may know, this is a "more remote" area of the United States.

Today, the company lost all Internet access when a Fiber optic cable went down. Not only was my stufff down but the entire hosting company was down. In 10 years of doing Internet development, I have never seen this happen to any hosting company I have worked with no matter how good or bad they were. On top of that, it happened one time last year as well.

According to my co-location provider, the problem happened a long way up stream. SO far that the lines cannot be backed up. Is this true? Could a fiber optic cable fail at some point where it cannot be switched over to another line?

I don't know if I should I believe that or not. It would seem to me that it is a matter of money and they may not have a back-up system in place if the pipe goes down. Is it possible? Who's fault is it?

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Use Two Switch To Do HA Avoid Switch Fail

Sep 18, 2009

a sales told me i can buy two switch and do series connection,

then if one fail,another will continue to work,

it will take high HA,

but i still can not understand how to do it and work,

could you know what it is?

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May 24, 2007

who does fiber to the business parks in Troy, just off 75.

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Telia Is Reporting A Fiber Cut In The US - Any Other Carriers Impacted

Aug 20, 2007

Telia is reporting a fiber cut in the US - any other carriers impacted?

from Telia:

We regret to advise that we are currently experiencing a cable cut in
the United States. This outage is causing degradation in our IP
backbone, which may affect your service.

The fault has been brought to the attention of senior management, and we
are actively working to resolve the fault. Unfortunately we do not know
when the fault will be resolved.

We will update you as soon as we have further information, and apologise
for the inconvenience caused to you and your customers.

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Dec 16, 2007

Fire sale at HE on used Cisco core router equipment


I wonder if some data center will purchase it just to hook it up for the flashing lights... would be quite impressive.
Wait a second, that was already done in North Atlanta and Las Vegas, wasnt it?

I wonder why HE didnt donate it to the tech museum in San Jose... would have been a better write off then selling it.

why I am musing so far off topic on a gorgeous Sunday morning?

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Feb 16, 2009

Here is the screen shot of the "mtr" running from two servers:

Server1: Fibre optic line from Tata Communication

Server2: DSL line from Tata Communications

Source servers are located in Kolkata India

Target server is located in Fremont California.

The fiber optic cable has:

A. Higher ping time and

B. Higher standard deviation

compared to the DSl line.

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Dec 19, 2007

I just came across this listing for Corning Optical Fiber LEAF(R) on eBay [url]. I've never used optic fiber cables before and want to experiment with them for indoor and inter-floor(friend below) use. The listing says that the coating is CPC6, which is some kind of acrylic coating over the fiber.

My question is: Can the above cable be used without further sleeving or some other protection/covering over it? I read somewhere that the cable must be reinforced and covered with PVC jacket or something,

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Jan 8, 2009

I currently have a dedicated server, which is hosting several websites. I'm happy with the service I'm getting, but I'm trying to save money. I'm paying $120/month for the dedicated server. Spending half of that each month would be great.

Right now, the websites are either static websites, or are simple database driven websites with not much traffic. My server load averages are pretty close to 0.01
I would think a VPS would be fine for my needs. However, I may have a site I will host in the future that is database driven and uses Ruby on Rails. It would probably have 10-20 users online at any given time, and maybe several hundred subscribers total.

Would a VPS still work in this instance, or should I stick with a dedicated machine?

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Jul 23, 2009

We have 1 Gb/s channel. We want connect it to switch, than to two routers (first - main, and second - emergency, which will began work if first one dies).

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Feb 19, 2007

I'm sending off about 6 servers off to colo soon, and looking for a basic switch..

I would prefer it to be a Cisco switch (but doesnt have to be, just that i'm used to IOS), not used.

Fairly cheap and nothing overkill. Just going to be pushing 20Mbit/sec.

Must haves : vLan capabilities, SNMP, 10/100mbit upink, able to cap ports at non-standard rates (eg. 1mbit/11mbit).

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Sep 10, 2009

For those who have used 10G switches...which model/vendor would you recommend and why?

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Sep 5, 2006

I need a basic L3 switch for maybe 25 mbps that will do hopefully up to 50 VLANs and which will not require me to hire someone to configure it.

As much as I like Cisco, that rules them out.

The reason I'd like a Layer 3 switch is so that I can run my backups and inter-server transfers without adding to my bandwidth bill. Also, VLANS are a critical requirement as i have a lot of customers with root on their managed servers.

So i am looking at HP [gasp] switches. How "easy" is the web-based configuration widget? [I'm an advanced unix admin but networking is a mystery to me.]

This is a starter switch and once i have a full cab of servers I'll be able to spend $7K on a pair of 3560s and hire someone to configure them for me ... but until then what can i get to meet my requirements?

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May 10, 2009

This week connectswitch's service has not been that good. Basically first they restart the node without prior notice and our vps was down for 7 hours. and now we buy our cPanel license via them and they havent paid it so the license is now expired although we have paid them for it.

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