Data Center

Our green data center is environmentally friendly in design and powered via on-site solar. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We use skylights and solar tubes for light and when the need for lighting occurs we use energy-efficient LED lighting instead of Compact Fluorescent or Fluorescent Light Bulbs. We built our green data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch.

AISO owned and operated on-site Tier 3+ data center
Redundant, Multi-Homed Latency/Loss Optimizing Bandwidth
Redundant Cisco routers running full BGP routes
Redundant Cisco firewalls
Network Wide IP Reputation Threat Defense to block criminal IPs
Redundant Cisco Catalyst Gigabit switches
Redundant N+1 Power and Cooling
Redundant Network Cards in all AISO servers
Redundant Power Supplies in all AISO servers
Redundant Clustered virtual SAN (storage area network)
Redundant AISO Backup Servers
Redundant, Fault Tolerant AISO Web & E-mail Servers running in OnApp

Network

We have diverse leased fiber with redundant route optimized BGP bandwidth (via Noction) peering with providers DediPath, CrownCastle and Hurricane Electric. In our data center we use redundant high-end Cisco routers and switches to connect us to the Internet. These routers are continually active and will automatically redistribute Internet traffic load using in-house BGP routing optimization software, resulting in minimum to zero downtime, lower latency, less jitter and packet loss and better performance from first mile through middle mile.

Our provider DediPath has Internap for IP because of its performance and reliability, and so have many other companies, including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Chase, and Sony. They buy directly from Internap and Internap gets its high performance by buying direct connections to many Tier 1 providers, including UUnet (verizon/alter.net), AT&T, Sprint, XO, Savvis, Verio/NTT, Global Crossing and more. With Internap Performance IP, you don't need to worry about your data traveling around to different backbones to reach a peering point, it gets put on the right network immediately, right at the source. There is no middleman, no shuffling between backbones. That translates to fewer hops and lower latencies.

Green Data Center
There are many data centers and hosting companies who claim to operate 'green'. The only thing that counts in a data center, however, is the Power Usage Effectiveness. A data center may buy green power, but that does not make its energy usage low. A data center may install Hot/Cold Aisles, but that does not necessarily result in the best possible energy saving. We built our data center from the start to save as much energy as possible using the latest in energy conervation methods. The PUE of a data center is the key figure that shows how green a data center actually is. AISO’s PUE is 1.13 where as most data centers in the US according to the EPA have PUE’s of 2.0 to 3.0.

Servers & Virtualization

To save energy we use virtualization that allows us to replace individual physical servers and replace them with "virtual machines," increasing the physical servers efficiency and shrinking our data centers’ server footprint, cooling needs and electricity usage. AISO servers are running energy efficient processors, which use less power and generate less heat. Using KVM virtualization technology allows us to reduce cooling and electrical requirements with a 30:1 ratio of virtual servers to physical servers. We also use a virtual SAN with data storage disks local to the servers using cross server replication, to allow our physical storage and power requirements to be reduced while allowing high uptime.

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