UNIX Servers and Connectivity

The Network Operations Center utilizes ONLY top name brand hardware. The facility is centered on a Cisco™ GSR 12008 Border Router w/HotSwap, with Cisco™ 7200VXR Series Routers serving as core routers, connecting via Gigabit Ethernet to the Hewlett Packard™ Procurve™ 4108GL primary switches. Hewlett Packard™ Procurve™ managed switches comprise the power and stability of the network, operating at 100mbps switched ethernet speeds.

Our server is an AMD Athlon XP™ 1600 1.4Ghz with 512MB PC133/DDR SDRAM and a 60GB IDE hard drive.

Our server utilizes the Red Hat™ Linux operating system. Red Hat™ Linux is a highly configurable system, and well known for speed and stability. Red Hat™ Linux servers have been documented to remain operating for up to one year at a time without even requiring a reboot. The Apache™ Web Server nicely compliments the Red Hat™ Linux Operating System.

The Network Operations Center utilizes Sprint™ (http://www.sprint.com) OC3 (155mbps) connections, as well as 100MBPS Metro Fast Ethernet drops from Cogent™ (http://www.cogentco.com), Level3™ (http://www.level3.com) and Global Crossing™ (http://www.glbx.com). For redundancy, the Network Operations Center is currently running BGP4 (border gateway routing protocol) to maintain the speed and uptime. If one backbone line goes down, it will balance the load to the other(s). If one line gets congested, it will load balance the traffic.