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Inside 1&1's Giant Web Hosting Data Center

By Cora Nucci,
InformationWeek,
Oct. 7, 2008, 10:30 AM

From the parking lot, it doesn't look like much, but inside a former storage facility on the outskirts of Kansas City lies a powerhouse of data connectivity. Here, one of the world's largest Web hosting companies has built its U.S. data center.

With an abundance of fiber lines running parallel to Kansas City's railroads -- it's the second largest railroad hub in the United States -- Lenexa, Kan., was a natural choice for 1&1 Internet to set up shop.

Two redundant backbone routing systems handle data over geographically diverse gigabit connections, and its location in the center of the country make the data center uniquely capable of providing equal latency for both East and West coasts.

Co-location is not offered in the 2-year-old facility. That and "a high rate of automation [are] good for stability," explained Thorsten Ziegler, head of the U.S. data center, during a tour of the facility. Data is transferred between servers and the Internet via 20-Gbps metropolitan area network connections.

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