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Old 30-03-2001, 09:02 PM   #1   [permalink]
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My web host, www.venturesonline.com 's upstream provider - www.vdi.net is upgrading a switch on their network in the next 2 days which is expected to have 2 hr downtime

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Replacing 3com Corebuilder 9000 switch (CB9000) with Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switch. This will add much needed network control that the 3Com engineering team assured us was present in the CB9000, however after 2 years was never able to deliver. The Cisco Layer3 switch will be able to offer enhanced Quality of Service (QOS) support, internal routing and the ability to control bandwidth. Clients will be able to purchase bandwidth in blocks instead of worrying about the 95th percentile rule, or surprise overbandwidth charges. Shortly VDI also will be offering additional bandwidth control on the servers themselves, this will allow owners to control virtual accounts transfer speeds per IP
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"VDI's network has degraded over the last 2 / 3 weeks well below our wishes, due to equipment stress, and other unforeseen obstacles.

VDI fully understands the situation and the confusion that it may cause to downstream clients; VDI has completed a series of meetings the last few days with Vendors and Local Fiber carriers to ensure network performance is improved as fast as possible. This is the final result of the meetings to remedy the problem and to ensure a solid network. VDI is investing approximately 1/4 Million into the front-end of the network; this investment is partially outlined below.

*Additional 155 MPBS is being added to the current network to handle additional capacity - Verizon Expects Loop Completion April 24th or earlier. Obviously Verizon understands this is needed ASAP and has been expedited.

*Replacing 3com Corebuilder 9000 switch (CB9000) with Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switch. This will add much needed network control that the 3com engineering team assured us was present in the CB9000, however after 2 years was never able to deliver. The Cisco Layer3 switch will be able to offer enhanced Quality of Service (QOS) support, internal routing and the ability to control bandwidth. Clients will be able to purchase bandwidth in blocks instead of worrying about the 95th percentile rule, or surprise overbandwidth charges. Shortly VDI also will be offering additional bandwidth control on the servers themselves, this will allow owners to control virtual accounts transfer speeds per IP. The expected delivery date for the Cisco Catalyst is on or about March 30th.

*The next step is a private point-to-point 1 Gig circuit to a major POP in NY City, this will allow VDI to offer more cross connects to other major backbones and be able to add additional bandwidth within 48-72 hours. This is also another redundant connection that is not affected in the event that Verizon does fail. This install will be completed in approximately 3-4 months, because of the private point-to-point run, fiber layout and equipment installs. The proposed start date is in about 1-2 weeks, April 10-15th.

On a final note: We are working as fast as possible to get these issues resolved. Once this is implemented, your clients will once again see that our services will be far superior than any other data center. VDI has been the breeding ground for some of the worlds largest hosting companies and will continue to do so in the years to come.

Just hang in there just a few more weeks and you will see nothing but good things to come.

Virtual Development Staff"
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This scheduled upgrade by my host's upstream provider is at 6am ET, March 31, 2001

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