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Students from The College of New Jersey visit Net Access

Posted by Gene Rogers on Apr 16, 2015 1:13:11 PM

Yesterday Net Access welcomed a group of computer science and cloud computing students and professors from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) to our Parsippany II data center. After a detailed tour of the facility the students sat down with members of the Net Access sales and marketing team for an interactive discussion about the evolution of data center services, and how colocation and cloud computing fit into today's IT world.

Net Access is always excited to share our data centers with local schools who are training the next round of IT experts. Best of luck to all of the TCNJ students that we met yesterday, and don’t forget about us when you are out in the real world! 

TCNYa
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Topics: data center

What's New with Net Access in 2015

Posted by Raul Martynek on Feb 11, 2015 10:26:32 AM


Raul_MartynekAs we start off 2015, I wanted to provide an update about our plans and major initiatives for the coming year.
 
Net Access enjoyed a 10th consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth in 2014. We expanded our base of enterprise customers, introduced a line of new managed hosting products under the FlexServices umbrella, achieved HIPAA/HITECH compliance certification, and made tremendous progress on the expansion of our Parsippany II datacenter. Throughout the year we tried never to lose sight of our core focus of insuring that we provide the highest level of service and support to our customers. We are thankful that thousands of customers continue to select Net Access as their trusted infrastructure partner. 
 
For 2015, we have some big plans. Some are the completion of activities we started in 2014, others are new initiatives. All of them are designed to enhance and build upon our focus to be the premier colocation and cloud provider to enterprise customers anywhere in the US. Here they are:
  • Parsippany II Expansion & Site Improvements – After over a year of hard work and effort, the completion of our 70,000 sq.ft. addition to our Parsippany II datacenter is at hand. We will be moving in our first customer into the expansion in the first week of March. This is a huge event, and the foundation for our growth in the coming years. We plan on having a launch event sometime in late April, for employees, customers and partners to celebrate the opening. We will send out details as we firm up our plans. In addition, when spring comes we will begin work on some large scale outdoor improvements to the site. This will entail installing a 10 ft. anti-climb fence and K rated crash boulders around the property as well as installing security gates and bollards for authorized entry access to the facility. These improvements will allow us to continue to make Parsippany II one of the most advanced datacenters in the New York Metro area.
  • New Workspace Recovery Facility – We recently signed a lease for a 32,000 sq. ft. office building near our Cedar Knolls datacenter and plan to convert the space into a Workspace Recovery Center. The location will provide for turn-key, dedicated office seats and suites for disaster recovery planning. The facility will be directly connected to NAC datacenters and provide UPS & Generator backed power. We believe this service dovetails perfectly with our datacenter and managed services offerings that support backup and 100% availability and uptime. We will be starting an initial build-out of the space later this month and hope to have the space available for customers by early June.
  • Secondary Datacenter and Managed Services Location– In 2015 we are seeking to establish a secondary location in a geographic market that is at least 500 miles away from our primary NJ locations. We know that many of you maintain back-up or secondary sites at other datacenter locations and we want NAC to be able to provide this capability to you and future customers. In addition, we need a scalable secondary site for our managed hosting offerings. We are evaluating a number of markets and entry strategies. Currently, we are actively looking at options in Chicago, Columbus, Austin, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. We are excited about expanding to another geography to complement our New Jersey footprint. Feel free to drop us a note if you have a particular need or idea regarding location.
  • FlexPlatform 1.0 Launch – Last year we began a major software development project to upgrade our internal OSS/BSS systems and customer facing portal. Our new platform utilizes modern software languages (Python/PHP), service oriented architecture (SOA) and a dynamic user interface (Node.js). You can read more here. We are excited about being able to rollout to you a modern, light-weight customer portal that will have a more attractive look, expanded functionality and incorporate our managed hosting and cloud products. Keep on the lookout for updates and we are targeting end of Q2 for the initial launch.
  • Website Re-launch 2.0 – As you might remember, we rolled out a new www.nac.net website in late 2013. In 2014 we spent a significant amount of time working with an outside agency to refine our marketing look and feel and revise our website content to be more informative and easier to use. We also, as mentioned above, expanded and revised our product offerings under the “FlexServices” umbrella. We are now working on refreshing the website and expect to have it in production by the end of Q1. This new website and new Customer Portal will share the same core elements and we aim to create a unified, consistent experience as you interact with NAC.

A few weeks ago was my first anniversary here at Net Access. It’s been a real pleasure to be here, meet many of you and be part of the NAC family. Thank you for a great first year!

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Topics: data center, disaster recovery seating, managed services, net access, expansion

What's the latest on our Parsippany II Data Center Expansion?

Posted by George Puglia on Aug 4, 2014 2:42:00 PM

Parsippany II

 

George Puglia. Facilities Manager Net Access

The summer heat is in full effect, but it hasn’t slowed the expansion of Parsippany II one bit. Over the last several months and after more than 45,000 man-hours, our new datacenter space is really coming together. Late last year we started with an empty lot, and today we are well on our way to having our most advanced facility yet.

The Parsippany II Extension will provide 70,000SF of additional space, capacity for 1,500 new cabinets and 5MW of new useable UPS power. 

We have designed the Extension very much like Parsippany II, incorporating all the best practices we have learned over the last decade of building and managing datacenters. The facility is a true 2N+1 design, with two fully independent generation, ATS, power, and UPS cores, with each component N+1 minimum. The entire facility will be high density with 20kW per rack available anywhere and per-rack metered power standard.

Before the first customer can move in, we had to build a rock-solid foundation first.  


What does that take?

In construction terms:

  • 300,000 lbs of rebar
  • 66,000 Concrete block
  • 3,000 Cubic yards of concrete*
  • 4,000 Cubic yards of controlled fill
  • 45,000 SF of roofing material
  • 500 tons of structural steel
  • 600 pieces of structural steel
  • 46 tons of roof bar joist
  • 40,000 sq ft of floor deck
  • 40,000  sq ft of roof deck
  • 10,000 shear studs
  • 3,000 sq ft of mechanical platforms

 * The concrete alone equals 123,000 80lb bags from your local hardware store.

 

What’s next ?

 Parsippany II

 

"You can't get around the chemistry of concrete"

 

As you can see, the outer shell of the facility will soon be completed, the weather proofing will commence and we will move to the interior. The electrical conduits are being run in the floors, the masons start building the block walls between the power room and datacenter floor, and the first floor interior concrete pour occurs.

Most people don’t realize that newly poured concrete requires a curing period of 30 days to properly dry, prior to sealing and polishing.   Proper curing means you get the designed floor load, key to holding up heavy cabinets filled with gear.  We've been working around the clock on nearly every other element of the build, but you can’t get around the chemistry of concrete. 

The floors will be diamond polished, which we chose for several reasons. Aesthetically, the mirror finish looks fantastic. It's also much easier to keep clean, eliminating the dust commonly associated with concrete and reducing airborne particulate over time. Lastly, it's much more durable than a lot of other concrete options, because there are no topical membranes to flake peel or bubble. If I could have this in my house, I would. :)  

  

Coming in Fall 2014

In every new build, going back to our first company owned and operated facility in 1999, we've always blended our years of experience with the latest in new technology, and this extension is no exception. The sum total of all these big & small details are what will make Parsippany II an innovative datacenter, and we're excited to open the doors. We are shooting for October 1st occupancy and will stay focused on hitting that date.

If you're interested in hearing more, want to go on a tour, or just want to talk about datacenter construction in general, give us a shout. We’re always happy to talk about the nuances of datacenter design and operations.

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Topics: data center, colocation, net access, expansion

Raul Martynek on Telecom Exchange East 2014

Posted by Raul Martynek on Jun 27, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Raul Martynek on Telecom Exchange East 2014 in NYC

Raul Martynek CEO Net Access

We attended the Telecom Exchange 2014 show in NYC on Thursday.  The event was original called the “Telx CBX” and grew into one of the largest and best-attended telecom/Internet/datacenter event in the New York Metro area for many years.  Telx stopped hosting the event after their sale to GI Partners.  Fortunately, Jaymie Scotto & Associates has continued to run it under the banner of “The Telecom Exchange”.

The event has lost some of its luster, most likely attributable to the increased consolidation across the entire sector and operators hosting their own events. However, it is still a pretty good way to get a pulse on the telecom/Internet ecosystem in NYC and surrounding areas.

Level 3 – Time Warner Cable Merger 

The main buzz at the show was around the recent announcement of the Level 3-Time Warner Telecom merger.  I personally know quite a few folks at both firms and in a word, everyone is “nervous”.  The $7.3B deal makes a huge amount of industrial logic by integrating the network assets, products and customers of the largest independent long haul provider with the largest independent metro fiber provider. 

Both companies are focused on wholesale and enterprise solutions via on-net fiber and the combined TW/L3 should be better positioned to compete with the behemoths of AT&T, VZN, Comcast-Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink. 

This deal is yet another event in the continuing consolidation of the telecom sector in the US, with another recent example being the AT&T-Direct TV deal. 

Level 3 has 10,200 employees globally with about 7,000 in North America and TW Telecom has 3,400 employees.  Level 3 has communicated to Wall Street that the transaction will support $200M in operating synergies.  Translation:  about 2,000 jobs at a fully loaded cost of 100,000 per employee.  That’s a lot of people.

Aereo ruling 

The other big story was the news of the Supreme Court decision on Aereo.  Aereo founded in 2012, developed a novel technology to capture over the air broadcast signals and stream them to subscribers over the Internet.  The big broadcast companies in the US cried foul as they claimed copyright infringement.  Aereo’s response was that their technology did not violate intellectual property rights as they were simply “renting” individual dime sized antennas to users, and US law allows individual users to receive over the air broadcast signals without payment.  

The Supreme Court did not agree with Aereo and in a 6-3 ruling sided with the Broadcasters saying that:

“Aereo’s behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo’s system from cable systems, which do publicly perform.” 

In other words, even if you can figure out a clever technological method to capture signals and provide content, ‘Content Is King’ and is protected.  This likely means the end of the company as their business model was premised on not paying broadcasters for content. 

At the event I met a few firms that had been supplying bandwidth and connectivity to Aereo who are understandably very worried.  There are sure to be some knock-on effects in the sector as this plays out.

Now the good news. 

Despite the consolidation in the sector and defeat of Aereo, there were also plenty of signs of new shoots growing in the telecom and Internet space.  I met several new fiber companies, started only in the last few years or so like Hudson River FiberCross River Fiber and FirstLight Fiber.  I also spoke with a supplier of fiber components who informed me that their business was booming in the US as the need for bandwidth is driving all sorts of industry players to invest in fiber (Google, Incumbents, regional, MSO, etc).  That’s good news for users as fiber ultimately has the lowest cost per incremental bit compared to other delivery technologies.  It seems as if as the consolidation at the top of the pyramid continues, it creates new opportunities in niche areas further down the chain.

Raul Martynek, CEO Net Access

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Topics: data center, colocation, managed services, nac ceo

The Decision on Legacy Services by CEO Raul Martynek

Posted by Raul Martynek on Apr 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Joining Net Access

Raul Martynek CEO Net AccessI just passed my three-month anniversary here at Net Access and must say that I am really excited to have joined.  I spent the first two months focused on learning everything I could about the company.  I met one-on-one with every employee in the company for 25-40 minutes, studied our financials, spoke with customers and prospects, inspected our datacenter and technology assets and worked closely with our sales and marketing team.  Overall, we have a very solid business with dedicated employees and loyal customers.  Net Access has a great platform with lots of potential and a very bright future.
 
One of the things I discovered about NAC was that it began as a Dial-up ISP in the mid-1990s.  Over the course of the Internet “bubble” years, they grew the business to have over 20,000-30,000 customers!  This brought back memories of my early years working with a Telco/ISP that also sold dial-up, POP/IMAP email, and websites; anyone remember V.90 and Eudora?!  Obviously, dial-up gave way to DSL and cable and most companies either sold it or went away.  It was during this time, NAC decided to find a new focus: Colocation and Data Centers services.  NAC took a small data center in a multi-tenant office building, and grew it into a premium world-class provider of Tier III data center and colocation services!  Today, data center and colocation remain the core services of the company.
 
Although the heydays of dial-up and DSL are long gone, I learned that we still had a segment of revenue and customers from the early years.  In fact NAC had an entire group still dedicated to supporting these “legacy” services and customers.  Many of these customers have been with NAC for 10 or 15 years.  While the revenue impact was small (and the profit even smaller), supporting these customers required the involvement of all areas of the company – finance, billing, collections, engineering, NOC, etc.  As I finished up my “one-on-ones” with all of the folks in the company, I realized collectively, NAC was spending a significant amount of time and energy supporting these legacy services that had stopped being “core” of the company a long time ago.  

In business, it is important to focus.  


As someone once told me, “it is more important to know what you don’t do in business, rather than what you do.”  Every moment we spent on legacy services was an opportunity that we lost to evolving and growing our premier data center and managed services business.  Unfortunately, the time had come for us to get out of the legacy business.
 
So about one month ago, we made the decision to divest our early Internet, legacy business services.  We notified our customers that we would no longer provide these services and advised them on how to find an alternative service provider.   In some cases we were able to transition the customers to other providers and avoided any service disruptions.  For other services, we were unable to find service providers willing to take over the customer transfers.  For these customers, we have provided a transition period of up to six months to allow them time to find providers or to transfer their data.  We are very grateful and honored to have been the provider of choice for so many customers, for so many years.  We sincerely thank you for your patronage.

Our Future

Going forward, we intend to only focus on our core data center and managed services business.  Data center, colocation and managed services is a very exciting and growing sector and we believe we can become one of the leading providers in this space.  I look forward to sharing our efforts and journey with you in future blog posts.

Raul Martynek, CEO Net Access

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Topics: data center, colocation, managed services, nac ceo

You're Only as Redundant as Your Weakest Link - Part 2

Posted by Net Access Marketing on May 29, 2013 3:34:00 PM

You're only as redundant as your weakest link.

Don't let that link be how your server is plugged in.

This post is part 2 of a two part series that talks about plugging in your servers properly for redundancy. This post will discuss network connectivity, and our previous post was about power.

 

  • There are several different ways to plug in network connectivity with varying degrees of redundancy, from a single connection to a single switch to multiple connections to multiple switches. To start, you will want to make sure that every server you deploy has redundant network interface cards (nic's).
  • With redundant nic's connected to redundant switches, one can go offline and your server will still maintain connectivity.

 

 

During the sales and implementation process, we always recommend that customers buy as much redundancy as they can justify financially. To that end, in many cases customers choose to have two (or more) connections to our network distribution switches for redundancy.

This works, but only if plugged in and configured correctly.


When network connectivity is delivered to a customer's cabinet in the data center, they will typically plug that into a firewall or layer 3 switch and then their servers would plug into that switch or a separate distribution switch. This setup can work great, but what happens if there is a hardware failure from either the data center's switch or the customer's firewall or switch? In a single connection implementation, the customer would experience a network outage.

How do we engineer a better solution? Redundant connections from diverse switches, connected via BGP to redundant firewalls or layer 3 switches in the customer's cabinet.

Logical diagram of Net Access infrastructure involved in this configuration:

Net Access - Connectivity

 

Once the connectivity reaches the customer's infrastructure, we recommend dual HA firewalls linked to dual switches, with servers dual-connected to both switches, as depicted below.

 

customer connection resized 600

Look complicated? No problem, our network engineers are happy to provide guidance to our customers to make sure they are connecting everything with the highest level of redundancy possible.

For a free consultation with our technical team, feel free to click the button below and we will setup a time to discuss this further with you.

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Topics: data center, plugging in your servers, redundancy, redundant network connections

Earth Day - How we 'go green' at our data centers

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Apr 22, 2013 10:38:00 AM

At Net Access, we strive to lessen our impact on the environment. Since today is Earth Day, we thought it'd be a good time to talk about how we 'go green' at our data centers, and beyond.

Recycle Globe

In addition to increasing our data center efficiency, we also have several company-wide initiatives to be more green. We enable employees to work from home when possible by using VOIP phones and secure VPN access to their work computers.

We also have a company-wide recycling program, and purchase recycled and renewable products whenever possible.

In addition to these general company measures, we design our facilities to use the latest in green data center technology to increase efficiency.

Our green data centers utilize various energy saving technologies including:

  • Heat Recapture Technology – This revolutionary design captures the IT heat load from each cabinet and uses a chimney to route it back to the HVAC systems. This eliminates hot air contamination from the ambient supply air in the facility, which makes spot cooling unnecessary. Not only does this produce an environment that is much nicer for people to work in, it also saves a tremendous amount of energy in cooling.

 

  • Virtualization – We leverage virtualization technology to reduce the number of physical servers and resulting power consumption needed to run our IT infrastructure. Rather than running inefficient standalone servers for each application, we have consolidated these applications using virtualization which has resulted in decreased energy consumption for internal infrastructure.

 

  • High Efficiency UPS – Our green data centers utilize high efficiency UPS systems that are nearly 99% efficient. Since our facilities have tremendous amounts of power in use, this measure accounts for a significant energy savings.

 

  • Cardboard – There are large amounts of IT gear arriving at the data center daily. We recycle all of the boxes for not only our equipment; we also recycle our customer’s cardboard boxes to ensure that this does not end up being thrown in the garbage.

 

  • Efficient lighting – We utilize LED interior perimeter security lighting, which helps to reduce our energy consumption. Colocation cages utilize timer based lights that shut off after the customer leaves their cage, so that the lights are not left on unnecessarily.

These are just some of the measures currently in place. Our engineers are routinely researching additional methods we can deploy to improve efficiency. Our green data centers demonstrate our commitment to the environment and are just some of the innovations that make our facilities data centers of the future.

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Topics: data center, green data center, data center efficiency, earth day, energy conservation

Disaster Recovery and Disaster Resilience

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Mar 20, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Welcome to the new Net Access blog! For our first post we are going to talk about Disaster Resilience.

Disaster Resiliency

We recently had a seminar focused on Disaster Recovery and Disaster Resilience. What we've found is that many organizations have spent time thinking about how to recover from a disaster, but not enough time thinking about how to not have a disaster in the first place.

Where Disaster Recovery focuses on being prepared to react to disasters, Disaster Resilience focuses on being prepared so that disasters are less likely to occur. We posed this question in our presentation:

  • Q: What is better than a bullet-proof D/R plan?
  • A: To not have any problems in your production!

In the past when organizations planned their Disaster Recovery initiatives, they typically had their primary IT infrastructure in their offices, and then kept some infrastructure in a secondary location (either another office building or data center) in case the primary went down.

One of the reasons for this was because network connectivity at the office was either too expensive or too slow to have the primary offsite and performance would be effected.  The problem with this scenario is that offices are typically not designed to effectively host IT infrastructure, they are designed to host people.

Offices

In the last 5 - 7 years, we have seen a shift in strategy for many organizations where they are moving their primary IT infrastructure to data centers designed to mitigate risk.  This is enabled by new high speed Internet connectivity options like Ethernet that ensure performance is not disrupted by the move.

By keeping the primary IT infrastructure at a data center that is designed with redundant backup power systems, redundant network connectivity, and onsite technical experts, your organization is less susceptible to disruptions, making your business more resilient.

Why Data Centers?

How do we do this?  There are several ways; below is an example of how some organizations configure their networks for this type of resiliency by utilizing a private Ethernet between their office and our data center.

Data Center To Office Connectivity

If you would like to speak with our engineers about your IT infrastructure and our recommendations for making your business disaster resilient, click the link below for more details!

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Topics: disaster resilience, disaster recovery, data center