Green Data Center


Our green data center is environmentally friendly in design. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We use skylights and solar tubes for light and when the need for lighting occurs we use energy-efficient LED lighting instead of Compact Fluorescent or Fluorescent Light Bulbs Click here for information on this feature. We built our green data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch. Plus we are powered by the sun, water, and air, now that is something you can't find anywhere else.

 

AISO owned and operated on-site Tier 3+ data center
Redundant, Multi-Homed Optimized Internap FCP Bandwidth
Redundant Cisco ASR 1001 series routers running full BGP routes
Redundant Cisco ASA 5525-X series firewalls
Redundant SOURCEfire Snort 3D Intrusion Systems (IPS/IDS)
Network Wide DoS/DDoS automated attack mitigation
Network Wide IP Reputation Threat Defense to block criminal IPs
Redundant Cisco Catalyst 4500 series Gigabit switches
Redundant N+1 Power and Cooling
Redundant Network Cards in all AISO servers
Redundant Power Supplies in all AISO servers
Redundant AMD powered AISO servers
Redundant Clustered NetApp SAN (storage area network)
Redundant AISO Backup Servers
Redundant, Fault Tolerant AISO Web & E-mail Servers running in VMware


Network
We have diverse leased fiber, dark fiber and FCC licensed wireless links with redundant route optimized BGP bandwidth peering with providers Internap, Level3, Hurricane Electric, Time Warner, Highwinds, and others (click here for a more detailed peering list). Our redundant connections are connected to OC-192 fiber optic SONET rings that peer in Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs. In our data center we use redundant high-end Cisco routers and switches to connect us to the Internet. These routers are continually active and will automatically redistribute Internet traffic load using our own in-house Internap FCP optimization hardware, resulting in minimum to zero downtime, lower latency, less jitter and packet loss and better performance from first mile through middle mile.

We chose Internap for IP as well as having Internap equipment on site because of its performance and reliability, and so have many other companies, including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Chase, and Sony. We buy directly from Internap and Internap gets its high performance by buying direct connections to many Tier 1 providers, including UUnet (verizon/alter.net), AT&T, Sprint, XO, Savvis, Verio/NTT, Global Crossing and more. With Internap Performance IP, you don't need to worry about your data traveling around to different backbones to reach a peering point, it gets put on the right network immediately, right at the source. There is no middleman, no shuffling between backbones. That translates to fewer hops and lower latencies.


Green Data Center
There are many data centers and hosting companies who claim to operate 'green'. The only thing that counts in a data center, however, is the Power Usage Effectiveness Click here for information on this feature. A data center may buy green power, but that does not make its energy usage low. A data center may install Hot/Cold Aisles, but that does not necessarily result in the best possible energy saving. The PUE of a data center is the key figure that shows how green a data center actually is. AISO’s PUE is 1.13 where as most data centers in the US according to the EPA have PUE’s of 2.0 to 3.0.

 

Servers & Virtualization

To save energy we use virtualization that allows us to replace individual physical servers and replace them with "virtual machines," increasing the physical servers efficiency and shrinking our data centers’ server footprint, cooling needs and electricity usage. AISO servers are running energy efficient green processors, which use less power and generate less heat, within VMware’s virtualization technology to reduce cooling and electrical requirements with a 70:1 ratio of virtual servers to physical servers. We also use NetApp SANs with Deduplication to allow our physical storage and power requirements to be reduced by more than 60%.

We also have purchased AMD powered IBM BladeCenter servers, which consume less than half the power of normal data center servers. Fourteen of the regular 625 watt servers consumes 8,750 watts, where as fourteen comparable blade servers only consume 3,990 watts, that is 285 watts per server. Using blade servers also results in less heat, and therefore, less power spent on server room cooling. For more information on the blades and the IBM BladeCenter with AMD processors AISO uses, click here.


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