Three Backbones = Speed and Reliability
The Benchmark Server Center in Baltimore, Maryland is OnNet with GlobalCenter (GC), Qwest Communications and Genuity/GTE through
three separate bandwidth-on-demand connections which are present within the building.
GC, a Tier 1 provider whose 13,000-mile fiber optic network and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing
(DWDM) technology provide an enormous 460 gigabytes per second (Gbps) of capacity worldwide, has an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) fiber node located just a few floors below the Benchmark Server Center.
Qwest comes into
Baltimore with an OC-12 line and plans to upgrade their connection to an OC-48 in the near future. They also have an ATM fiber node a few floors below the Benchmark Server Center. The Qwest connection enables benchmarkhosting.com to offer additional redundancy and better routes to Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Genuity, until recently a division of GTE, is our third Tier One Internet backbone. Genuity provides excellent network performance
as a result of their high-speed peering arrangements with other Tier One Internet backbone providers. The GTE global network delivers customers directly onto the Internet via a high-speed connection to its private,
super-capacity backbone, including 17,000 miles of fiber and OC192 capacity. It is comprised of more than 800 U.S. local access points and approximately 1,500 international local access points in more than 150
With this combination of three carriers, our router has up to 150,000 possible routes to send each packet of traffic. Furthermore,
these unique connections, benchmarkhosting.com does not need to link to the Internet though an OC3 or T3 Telecom circuit. Instead, independent cables run inside our building directly from the benchmarkhosting.com Server Center to all three carrier points of presence. These lines can handle the bandwidth of a T3 or an OC3 with DWDM. Plus, they handle several times the bandwidth of an OC3. Whatever your bandwidth needs may be, benchmarkhosting.com has the scalability to meet them.