1&1 web hosting, announced today that it has completed a comprehensive extension of its wide area network. An overall bandwidth of more than 120 gigabit/second is now available for its’s top-of-the-line data centers in Europe and the United States. For the first time, it is connected directly to a large Internet Exchange point outside of Europe at Equinix in Chicago. The development means that the external connectivity of the web host has tripled over the past twelve months.
The company states that in November, U.S. research company, Nemertes, warned in a well known study that Internet infrastructure might no longer supply the growing demands of private and business users over the next 3 to 5 years. Company further states that with its latest network upgrades and further measures planned for 2008, It feels well prepared for continuously growing demand.
1&1 web hosting also explained that besides the upgrade of its wide area network, it has also made changes to its underlying technology. Instead of Synchronous Digital Hierarchy, now Ethernet technology – well-known from corporate and home networks – is being utilized. “Ethernet can be handled more easily, and by switching to powerful routers from U.S. based manufacturer Foundry Networks, we can even save money,” comments Andreas Gauger. It further states that it benefits from an additional cost saving potential through the network extension, as data streams can be distributed optimally through new peerings and routing alternatives.
Andreas Gauger, chairman of the board of 1&1 Internet Inc., said, “With the upgrade of our Internet bandwidth, our millions of web hosting customers in Europe and the U.S. can be sure that their content will reach Internet users worldwide even faster and more reliably. As a result of multimedia applications like video streaming, the demand for bandwidth has grown enormously over the last few years.” The data volume transmitted from 1&1’s data centers has in fact nearly doubled over the past year from 3,500 Terabytes (3.5 million Gigabytes) in January 2007, to 6,500 Terabytes in December 2007.
“The continuous upgrade of 1&1’s data network shows that despite pessimistic forecasts from some, the boundaries of Internet growth have not yet been reached,” adds Gauger.
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