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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

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

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

New eCheck/ACH Payment Option

Posted in Our Customers on August 28th, 2009

We are pleased to announce that we are now allowing payments via eCheck/ACH through Ubersmith for our dedicated server and colocation customers. This will give you an additional payment option, allowing you to withdraw payments directly from your checking or savings account. These payments will be processed almost instantly and can serve as a great alternative to credit card payments.

To begin using eCheck/ACH payments all you need to do is login to your Billing/Management account at From there, go to “View Billing Info” under the “Client Profile” and you will see any credit cards you have on file on the left and a block for adding/editing bank accounts on the right. Then just click “add bank account” and enter the bank information as requested. If you have any troubles with this feel free to contact our billing department by sending an email to

Note: Right now we can only accept payments up to $5000. If you are planning to send us more than $5000 via eCheck/ACH please contact us in advance ( and get approval before sending the payment.


London and Amsterdam Peering Live

Posted in Networking on August 27th, 2009

I am proud to announce that our network has now gone international with peering at LINX in London and AMS-IX in Amsterdam.  LINX and AMS-IX are two of the largest peering exchanges in the world, and will give us access to hundreds of new networks.  This will allow us to increase our direct peering relationships significantly, meaning faster routes and reduced congestion for our customers.

You can read about our other peering points and peering policy here.

Due to the sheer number of available peers at those two exchanges it will take some time for us to establish relationships with all these networks.  If you are located in Europe or know of users located in Europe, please contact us by emailing and we will look into expiditing any connections that may improve performance to those networks.

New York Colocation Available

Posted in Data Centers on August 6th, 2009

We have finally gotten all the kinks worked out with our plans for colocation in the New York Metro area and are now accepting orders for New York colocation services. We will begin turning up services on September 1.

We are happy to have partnered with Switch and Data at their North Bergen facility to be able to provide you with a truly top-rate services, in a SAS 70 Type II facility, at an affordable price. Since this is not our own facility, we don't have quite the flexibility on the pricing side, New York is also a bit more expensive in general, so some pricing is higher than in Chicago, though we feel it is still very competitive for the New York market. In addition, through our partner, Atlantic Metro, we will be offering transport service to other carrier hotels in New York, including 111 8th, 60 Hudson, and 25 Broadway, as well as metro Ethernet services.

If you have any questions regarding our new New York services, please contact our sales department by calling us at 312-602-2689 option 2 or emailing us at

Note: New York is also acting as our "jumping off point" for our European and East Coast peering. We are hoping to have peering turned up at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the London Internet Exchange (LINX), and Equinix Exchange Ashburn before the end of the month. We already have established peering relationships at the New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) and PAIX New York.

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