We offer a variety of possibilities for internet connections and connections to other data centers. BIT's data centers are 'carrier-neutral', which means that, next to our own network, there are plenty of other networks available in the data centers. We can realise a quick and direct link between existing connections from your office and the BIT data center at a low cost. Because virtually every large network operator stretches into BIT's data centers, the possibilities for connections and links are practically unlimited.
In our data centers, clients with their own network can get ports on one of the Internet Exchanges. We offer such clients the opportunity to have their transit traffic processed by BIT. Our connections to Amsterdam and Frankfurt, with their separate ethernet wavelength, enables network operators to significantly increase their range at a low cost.
Internet uplinks at BIT
BIT's network links a quartet of Internet Exchanges to the internet. To reach networks that are not a part of these exchanges, BIT has arrangements with multiple transit providers. Clients who want to make use of BIT's colocation services, can do this with a 100 Mbit/s, 1 Gbit/s or 10 Gbit/s internet connection from BIT's network. The connection's switches have been equipped with redundant controllers and power supplies, which enables BIT to guarantee an accessibility of 99.9% on such connections.
Clients who want can even higher guarantee rate, can purchase a redundant connection with two connections from two switches in our network. Such redundant connections have a guaranteed accessibility of 99.99%. Our network engineers are experienced in fail-over protocols like the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). Clients managing their own routers, switches or firewalls can be supported with the configuration of these protocols to tune the redundancy.
Transit at BIT
When you manage your own Autonomous System (AS), BIT can provide a transit based on the Border Gateway Protocol (BGBP4). BIT's peering network extends quite a ways through their link to four of the biggest Exchanges in the world. BIT's transits are selected on the basis of network range and quality. We offer an IPv6-transit, an IPv4-transit or both. Our network administrators will gladly offer their assistance for the configuration when needed.
AMS-IX port in Ede/London/Frankfurt/NDIX
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) is one of the world's leading internet exchanges. Networks from all continents connect to AMS-IX; which makes it a very interesting place to connect your own network. For networks in data centers outside of Amsterdam, the costs can increase fairly quickly, because the traffic needs to be transported to and from Amsterdam. BIT offers an elegant solution. We deliver one or more virtual ports to the AMS-IX in our own data centers in Ede, but also in Frankfurt, London and all NDIX-locations, all for the price of one physical port to the AMS-IX. BIT offers 100 Mbit/s AMS-IX ports, 1Gbit/s AMS-IX ports and redundant ports that are, naturally, lead to two separate AMS-IX locations over two different paths.
VLAN's and wavelengths to Amsterdam/Frankfurt/London
VLAN: your own connection to our network
BIT hosts a network with fibre optic cables to the Interxion Science Park (formerly SARA) and Equinix AM7 data centers in Amsterdam, the Interxion FRA4 in Frankfurt and Telehouse North in London. BIT offers VLANs to clients for all these fibre optic cables. Like this, they have the advantages of their own, transparent connection to one of these large Internet Exchanges, but without the cost of your own fibre optic cable. From the data centers in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London, you can connect to other networks. As a rule, connections can be made from these data centers to other data centers in the same region for a small fee.
BIT's fibre optic cables between Ede and Amsterdam follow a ringed topology without overlap. This gives BIT the opportunity to offer protected VLAN's between Ede and Amsterdam. If, for any reason, part of the ring becomes unavailable, the traffic will be redirected to the other side of the ring.
By using DWDM-equipment, we can use a fibre optic cable with different coloured light (different wavelengths). BIT offers 'a colour' on their fibre optic cables to Amsterdam or Frankfurt. That results in a fully transparent connection, but lighted with only one colour.
VLANs and fibre optic cables between BIT-1 and BIT-2
BIT has placed a large amount of fibre optic cables in a ringed topology between their data centers BIT-1 and BIT-2, both in Ede. Clients with equipment in both data centers can choose a protected VLAN of 1 Gbit/s, a fibre optic cable or a redundant fibre optic cable between the locations. At minimal cost, clients can thusly back up data from one data center to the other and replicate storage cabinets or databases.
VLANs and wavelengths between BIT and Solcon
The collaboration with Solcon does not merely offer BIT's clients technical redundancy, but also legal certainty. By placing data in the BIT and Solcon data centers, clients are assured that, in case something happens to one of the companies, their data will always be available in the other data center. This arrangement is absolutely unique within the Dutch data center market. However, this does mean that the data needs to be replicated at both data centers. To accommodate that, Solcon and BIT offer 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s VLANs on their own direct fibre optic cable between the companies, free of charge. Clients with a need for more bandwidth, can purchase a 10 Gbit/s wavelength.
NL-ix and NDIX
The BIT data centers are connected to the NL-ix and NDIX networks. Clients can connect to these Internet Exchanges with both organisations. The NL-ix is one of the biggest Internet Exchanges in the world and connects to data centers in the Benelux, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. This wide geographical spread means that many networks connect to the NL-ix. NDIX connects to data centers in the Netherlands and Germany and functions as a digital marketplace. An NDIX port gives you access to a large number of service providers and gives you the chance to offer your own services of course.
Carriers in BIT data centers
The BIT data centers are carrier-neutral: there is a wide variety of networks to choose from on the layers 1 (fibre optic cable or a wavelength on the fibre optic cable and copper suppliers), 2 (ethernet or VLAN suppliers) and 3 (IP-transit suppliers) of the OSI model. An overview of all available networks can be found here.
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