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NANOG 47 and ARIN XXIV

Posted in Networking, Tech Events on October 17th, 2009

Kevin and I, Karl, will be headed to Dearborn, MI tomorrow to attend the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) and American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) meetings/conferences.  The NANOG event goes from Sunday the 18th through Wednesday the 21st and ARIN picks up on the 21st and continues through Friday the 23rd.  The NANOG events will allow us increase our knowledge in new technologies and trends, with various presentations and discussions on BGP policies, networking hardware advancements, new/evolving security threats, etc.  At ARIN, we will be able to participate in discussions regarding allocation and management of IP space as well as the overall transition to IPv6.  Due to the high number of industry professionals at these events, we will also be able to develop relationships with many other networks and be able to meet face-to-face with many of our current peers.

I am expecting these events to be informative and beneficial for expanding relationships with other network operators, but I doubt they'll be all that exciting.  If there is anything we feel is especially interesting, or even exciting, we will be sure to tell you here on the blog.  If you are attending NANOG and/or ARIN, feel free to come and introduce yourself to Kevin Stange or I, Karl Zimmerman, the more the merrier.

Palo Alto, CA Peering Now Live

Posted in Networking on October 16th, 2009

We now have a live GigE to PAIX Palo Alto and have fully established our POP at 529 Bryant in Palo Alto.  Peering sessions are live over this circuit and we are now accepting new peers.  This POP and peering location have now given us a nationwide coast-to-coast network and should open up many new peering opportunities, including larger nationwide ISPs/carriers and Asian Pacific networks/carriers.  This is now our 8th public peering point, as we are already connect to Equinix Chicago, the Chicago Internet Exchange (ChIX), Equinix Ashburn, New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX), PAIX New York, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), and the London Internet Exchange (LINX).  Soon we should also have peering at Any2 California, in San Jose and Los Angeles.  This peering is established to extend our network reach and to give us faster and more direct connectivity to a diverse number of networks, with the goal of increasing overall network quality.

If you would like to peer with us at any of these locations, please look at our publicly posted peering policy: http://steadfast.net/corporate/peering.php

Well, we've finally gotten the deal finished for our new Chicago facility.  We have been in the works on this for over a year now, scoping out sites, going into negotiations on several sites, and have finally signed a deal.  Our new data center and offices will be located at 725 S. Wells St., in downtown Chicago.  The initital build-out will be roughly 6,000 sq. ft. of raised floor data center space and 2,500 sq. ft. of office (including space that can be rented to customers or used for DR) and storage space with continued options for additional space in the building, up to 60,000 sq.  We have also reached agreements with RCN and Abovenet for fiber back to 350 E Cermak and will still be offering cross connects to the 350 E Cermak Meet-Me Room (TelX) and to Equinix.  725 S Wells will also have about a dozen carriers on-site, including Abovenet, RCN, Level3, AT&T, Verizon, Cogent, etc. once things are live.  The construction will be handled by MDI, who has handled many similar projects for various financial institutions and telecommunications providers.

Right now, the schedule is to begin moving in limited equipment starting January 1, 2010 and have a grand opening with space available to customers, etc. starting February 1.  We are planning to move our corporate offices, including our billing address, to 725 S Wells effective January 1.  We will not be forcing any colocation customers to move out of 350 E Cermak, but we may do some scheduled dedicated server migrations.  350 E Cermak will continue to have 24/7 on-site staff.

Now that I have covered most of the basics, feel free to email sales@steadfast.net with any further questions.  We should have pricing for the new site finalized before the end of October and will start accepting pre-orders at that time.

This also means that we will be doing regular blog updates, likely once a week, as to the status of our data center construction, including pictures.  This will give you a detailed look at the inner workings of our facility and hopefully you'll learn some things along the way as well.  Here are a couple (bad) pictures taken with my cell phone to show the initial state of the site.  Full time construction should be getting started next week, so I'll likely have another update in 2 weeks or so.

 

The initial space is on the 8th floor, our office space will be at the front of the floor (west side), looking towards the Chicago River and this is the view, though hopefully most days are nicer than it was today.  It is still a significantly improved view over what we have in our current office, which has no exterior windows at all.

Behind the initial office space in the front is wide open space, which will be the raised floor data center space.  The space has good ceiling heights, ~12', and solid concrete floors with 150 lb. per sq. ft. floor loads.  This space should be completely changed over the coming months and yes, the windows in the back will be walled off.

Here is a look at the current front door for the floor.  This will be changed completely, with a man trap, ramp up to the raised flooring, etc.  I'm not even really sure why I took a picture of it.

Again, feel free to email sales@steadfast.net with any further questions.  We should have pricing for the new site finalized before the end of October and will start accepting pre-orders at that time.

Now Peering at Equinix Ashburn

Posted in Networking on September 17th, 2009

We have been expanding our network significantly over the past several months, extending to New York (NYIIX and PAIX New York), London (LINX), and Amsterdam (AMS-IX) and we are now also live out of Equinix Ashburn.  This additional peering is an attempt to remove our reliance from any specific transit carriers and to improve overall network performance. At this point, we have direct peering relationships with over 100 networks, and that number is growing every day.  We currently have direct peering relationships with major end-user networks such as Comcast, Cablevision, Rogers, Shaw, Speakeasy, and RCN as well as major network service provuders like InterNAP, Hurricane Electric, Peer1, and Limelight.  Roughly 25% of all of our network traffic is handed to direct peers and as our geographic scope and network traffic expand, that number should keep increasing.

Over the coming weeks we are planning to open a POP in Palo Alto and peering through PAIX Palo Alto.  The plan is to add peering through Any2 San Jose/Los Angeles shortly after that.  Both of those moves should greatly improve our peering relationships with Asian Pacific networks.

Leading dedicated server hosting provider ranks #630 on the 2009 annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) Sept 8, 2009 -- Steadfast Networks, a leading Chicago based data center and dedicated server hosting provider, announced today its #630 ranking on the Inc. 5000 list, a list published by Inc. Magazine featuring America’s fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to highest growth in terms of revenue over a three year period, from 2005 – 2008.

"Since our inception in 2000, we have always focused on providing the best dedicated server hosting service possible for the price," said Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. "At Steadfast Networks, our focus has always been based on value; not providing the cheapest service, but providing a high quality dedicated server hosting service where customers can feel appreciated at a reasonable rate."

Ranking in the top 1000 of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies takes dedication and hard work from businesses like Steadfast Networks. Achieving a remarkable 435.4% growth over the 2005-2008 period, Steadfast Networks understands exactly what it takes to develop a business model that puts customers first with faster support, reasonable prices, backed by a team of dedicated professionals.

"To continue our growth, we have just opened colocation hosting services out of the New York metro area, starting September 1, and we have plans to expand to a brand new data center facility and offices in downtown Chicago this coming November," said Zimmerman. "To further enhance our hosting services, we have extended our network to San Jose, Ashburn, London, and Amsterdam to improve our international connectivity and peering relationships."

In addition to ranking #630 in the Inc. 5000 list, Steadfast Networks has achieved additional rankings including #26 in Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI and #83 in IT Services. The dedicated server hosting company’s business model was developed specifically to help companies get started with shared hosting, virtual private server hosting, and dedicated server hosting services while providing a reliable solution that can easily scale when customers require more space and bandwidth.

"At Steadfast Networks, we believe that when you choose a company that demonstrates consistent and steady growth since inception, you receive additional benefits knowing that your equipment and data is being hosted and maintained by a dedicated server hosting provider that will be here today, tomorrow, and well into the future," said Zimmerman. "Additionally, a company like Steadfast Networks has proven that we can grow quickly and consistently while maintaining our high levels of support and personal service."

Steadfast Networks’ Inc. 5000 list profile including ranking and revenue growth information can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2009/company-profile.html?id=200906300.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Inc. Magazine publishes the Inc. 5000 list annually showcasing America’s fastest-growing private companies.

To learn more about Inc. Magazine or the Inc. 5000 list, visit http://www.inc.com.

About Steadfast Networks

Established in 1998, Chicago based hosting company Steadfast Networks, delivers high quality, powerful servers through reliable dedicated server hosting, colocation server hosting, virtual private servers, shared web hosting, and dedicated game server hosting. Steadfast's award-winning services and dedicated support staff help customers from all over the world 24/7/365. Customers can choose basic hosting or a customized, fully managed dedicated server hosting solution.

To learn more about Steadfast Networks, visit http://www.steadfast.net.

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