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OK, I'm back on schedule.  I just got this report regarding progress as of Jan. 21 on Friday.

Basement Construction Progress Summary:
Existing Electrical Room: No ComEd shut down required. MDI Electric installed the bus detail “hot” in the existing 1600 amp switchgear. Building shutdown (load side) required and planned for January 30th to terminate cables.
Boiler Room: Demo of existing boilers and related piping complete.

7th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Doors: Complete except card readers and elec. strikes.
Floors: Complete. Tile trim req. at suite door.
Voice/Data Security: Card reader and elec. strikes req.

8th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Demolition: Complete.
Walls: Majority of gyp. Bd. Complete except toilets.
Doors/Windows: Office window frame installed, door frames on-site awaiting installation.
Floors: Raised floor laid-out over the underlayment
Ceilings: Uni-strut threaded rod installation in-progress.
Voice/Data Security: Voice/data wiring pulled from 7th floor to IDF Room.
Electrical: Roughing in primarily complete. Starline elect. Bus arrived and currently being loaded in building on the 4th floor.
Plumbing: Plumbing in-progress on 8th & 7th floors – drain lines & coring work.
Drain lines for the 8th floor toilets shall be ran o the 8th floor in lieu of 7th floor ceiling.
Fire Alarm: Not started.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Layout work in-progress (pumps, lines, CRAHs, etc...). Under access floor brackets installation in-progress.
Mechanical (Vent): Not started.

And here are the pictures: http://steadfast.net/images/jan21progress.pdf

Today we have just turned up a major new transit customer, Wiscnet, Wisconsin's Research and Education network. This network connects over 400 sites counting for over 900,000 end users.  That is 900,000 end users that have direct and easy access to your sites and servers, with no intermediary networks.  Not many web hosts, dedicated server providers, or colocation providers can offer so many end users, directly on-net.  We consider this relationship to be a great benefit to Wiscnet and it's members as we provide additional and complete network connectivity to them, but also a benefit to our existing customers due to the increased scope and diversity of our network as a whole.

This agreement is also the start of a major new push we are making to serve educational and research insitutes.  If you are an educational or research institution looking for extremely competitively priced Internet transit service please contact our sales departmant, sales@steadfast.net or call 312-602-2689 option 2.  The only "catch" is that you must connect to us out of 111 8th in New York City, 350 E Cermak in Chicago, 529 Bryant in Palo Alto, or 55 S Market in San Jose.  If your network is not extended to any of those sites currently, we can also work with you to find transport partners to be able to reach our network inter-connection points.

Wiscnet is a 501c3 non-profit member organization providing network access to it's members. There are over 400 higher-ed, K12 school districts, library systems (each one serving 15-40 libraries), city and county governments, and the Wisconsin state government that are WiscNet members. This includes all 26 University of Wisconsin campuses, the entire Technical College system, and about 70% of the K12 school districts in Wisconsin. A list of their members can be found at:

http://www.wiscnet.net/Members/
http://www.wiscnet.net/members-gmap.html

OK, I'm never going to get caught up, but better late than never, right?  I figured I'd just skip a report and go right to the one from January 13.

Basement Construction Progress Summary:
Existing Electrical Room: Meter installed. CT’s installed and wired. Awaiting
ComEd confirmation for shutdown. Secondary side of transformer conduit
installation in progress to ATS.
Boiler Room: Demo of existing boilers and related piping primarily complete.

7th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Demolition: Complete.
Walls: Complete.
Doors: Complete except card readers and elec. strikes.
Floors: Complete. Tile trim req. at suite door.
Ceilings: Complete.
Voice/Data Security: Card reader and elec. strikes req.
Millwork/Plumbing: Complete.

8th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Demolition: Complete.
Walls: Framing complete – gypsum board materials arrive tomorrow. Blocking
installed for wall hung equip.
Doors/Windows: Office window frame installed, door frames on-site awaiting
installation.
Floors: Raised floor laid-out over the underlayment
Ceilings: Uni-strut threaded rod installation in-progress.
Voice/Data Security: Voice/data wiring pulled from 7th floor to IDF Room.
Electrical: Roughing in-continues, PDU conduits installation in-progress.
Plumbing: Plumbing toilets started today.
Fire Alarm: Not started
Mechanical: Not started

Then here are the pictures: http://steadfast.net/images/jan13progress.pdf

OK, I fell behind again.  Here is the update from Dec. 30.  The holidays have slowed things down a little, but progress is still being made.

Basement Construction Progress Summary:
Existing Electrical Room: Temporary transformer installed and wired; awaiting ComEd confirmation for shutdown.
Boiler Room: Demo of existing boilers and related piping in-progress.

7th Floor Construction Progress Summary:

Demolition: Complete.
Walls: Complete.
Doors: Doors & frames installed except double door and suite entry door.
Floors: Completed except for wax.
Ceilings: Complete.
Voice/Data Security: Boxes installed, wiring in-progress
Millwork/Plumbing: Sink & appliances complete. Plumbing complete including icemaker water line.

8th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Demolition: Complete.
Walls: Partition framing complete – gypsum board not installed
Floors: Raised floor laid-out over the underlayment
Ceilings: Uni-strut threaded rod installation in-progress.
Electrical: Roughing in-progress for switching, lights, voice/data and security,
Plumbing: Plumbing tie to 7th floor break area sink complete.

And here are the pictures: http://steadfast.net/images/dec30progress.pdf

NTT Circuit Now Live

Posted in Networking on December 31st, 2009

We have just turned down our Savvis 10 GigE circuit and replaced it with a 10 GigE circuit from NTT.  NTT should expand our global network reach, improving overall speed and reliability.  We have been happy with the service from Savvis over the past 6 years, this decision was not made lightly, but Savvis has been focusing on their financial network services instead of their overall network footprint.  For us, this stagnation is not good for our network reach and quality, so we have instead extended a relationship with a global Tier 1 carrier in NTT.

NTT is Japan's primary telecommunications company and one of the 50 largest corporations in the world.  It has continued rapid growth of it's network and is currently the 2nd largest telecommunications company in the world with $103 billion in annual revenue.  We are looking forward to this new relationship with NTT.

If you are experiencing any network issues, such as increased latency, please contact our network operations department at noc@steadfast.net

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