This week Hosting.com launches our first managed IP transport product – Intersite Cross Connect (ICC). ICC allows customers with installations at multiple Hosting.com IDCs to build private connectivity with guaranteed bandwidth between those installations over Hosting.com’s MPLS backbone.
The impetus for this product was twofold:
- To support customers with high-volume or time-sensitive replication requirements
- To support customers with latency or jitter sensitive applications
The ICC product is based on a feature called MPLS Circuit Cross Connect that is supported on the Juniper EX series switches. In essence, the Circuit Cross Connect emulates a traditional leased line service like a T1 or DS3 with a fraction of the provisioning time, and far more flexible capacity. Whereas traditional telco services can take 30-45 days for provisioning, Hosting.com can provision new ICC services and adjust capacity on existing ICC installations in as little as 48 hours.
ICC services are terminated on Juniper EX series switches. Hosting.com has been using EX series switches in access and customer aggregation roles since Juniper introduced them in 2008. Presently ICC services are available to customers in Hosting.com’s Newark, Denver, and Louisville facilities with plans to expand the service to San Francisco and Irvine in 2011.