Now that net neutrality has been voted to be repealed, does incorporating a data center into your network make more sense? Data center net neutrality is an oxymoron because that’s where carriers interconnect. A carrier hotel is where one would find a “fast lane to the internet”.
Here are three reasons why data center net neutrality should be considered by your organization:
- At a data center you’ll have a mix of ISPs to choose from. Whether you want to go with a blended bandwidth solution, ILEC, MSO, CLEC, or reseller, they’ll all be waiting for you at the data center. Each ISP will have their own AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies), SLAs, billing cycles, POP diversity, route diversity, etc. The pricing is much more competitive here as well. An ISP just needs to open up a port and you cross connect right to their cage and into their network. Now you’re able to get right onto the Comcast or AT&T infrastructure.
- Broadband, which was altered under the latest ruling, is much different than dedicated internet access. Broadband will no longer be considered a utility or a telecommunications service, it is an information service. Some carriers are issuing notices hidden in the fine print of their bills that warn of overage charges past a Terabyte. Smaller offices will be affected unless they’re in a data center or can get low cost dedicated access if they’re fortunate enough to be in a LIT building where competition amongst ISPs is high. Many experts have discussed application blocking over broadband so folks in telecom are worried about the impact on SD-WAN from CLECs running the service over broadband internet pipes.
- The carrier hotel not only provides access to various ISPs, it also allows for connectivity to various long haul networks. Network architecture is a mix of Internet circuits and private lines between sites (Private & Virtual Private lines for hub and spoke or Mesh Networks). Net neutrality issues are essentially neutralized by building out a corporate WAN and protecting the data, as well as, the routes that data travels. It’s not necessarily a ‘fast lane’ but the right architecture can ensure that the user experience is maximized no matter whom their underlying provider is.
Data Center Net Neutrality can come to be a hot topic as Bitcoin, LiteCoin, and Ethereum miners continue their push for the success of cryptocurrency. Provider’s AUPs are subject to change so there’s no telling what traffic will be deemed unacceptable. That said, it’s important for miners to take advantage of colocation to protect their operations. We see competitive VoIP traffic blocked by ISPs quite regularly so if I were mining I’d be sure to throw my servers in a colocation facility.
In sum, adding a data center into your company’s telco infrastructure is a smart move to protect against future changes in AUPs that might affect how your user’s experience. Give us a shout if you’d like to arrange a tour at one of your local facilities.