The 11,000 square foot Colocation4Africa Data Center facility contains everything needed to ensure your
mission-critical Internet operation is functioning at the highest perfomance levels. A full list of features/services
in usage in the Network Operations Center is found below.
The network is connected via 10-Gigabit Ethernet Wavelength handoff(s) on redundant/dual-path
DWDM fiber-optic transport connections to XO™ Communications and Zayo™ Bandwidth.
Verizon™ (Formerly Bell Atlantic PA) and Frontier™ Communications (Formerly Commonweath
Telephone - CTSI), fiber is also available in the facility. The network currently connects our POPs
(Points of Presence) in Scranton, Philadelphia, & NYC. transit is provided via multiple 10-
Gigabit/Gigabit Ethernet transit circuits from Telia™ (http://www.teliasoneraic.com), Cogent™
Communications (http://www.cogentco.com), BTN™/PCCW™ (http://www.btnaccess.com), XO™
Communications (http://www.xo.com), Hurricane Electric™ (http://www.he.net), & Deutsche
Telekom™ (http://www.deutschetelekom-icss.com). Colocation4Africa® also peers with multiple
carriers at the New York Internet Exchange™ (http://www.nyiix.net). For redundancy,
Colocation4Africa® is currently running BGP4 (border gateway routing protocol) to maintain the
speed and uptime. If one backbone line goes down, it will balance the load to the other(s). If one line
gets congested, it will load balance the traffic. Colocation4Africa® is currently negotiating with
additional major backbone providers to open POPs in the Colocation4Africa® Scranton PA facility,
with XO™ Communications being available already at this time. Colocation4Africa® is currently the
only major data center/co-lo facility within 60-75 miles of the Tier-3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA USA
Failsafe Power Supply
Our Network Operations Center currently has 1200amps 480V & 800amps 208V 3-Phase power
currently available from PP&L™ (Pennsylvania Power & Electric). The facility is currently backed up
and protected by multiple 275KVA and 160KVA Powerware™ 9315/9395 facility-wide UPS
(Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems, which feed PDI™, MGE™, & Liebert™ PDU (Power
Distribution Unit) systems. In a very rare case of utility outage, our Cummins™ 250KW & Detroit
Diesel™ 580KW & 675KW deisel generators start automatically, taking over for the UPS systems
and supplying all necessary power for the facility. The generators interface to the power grids thru
Asco™ 7000 & RussElectric™ RTBD automatic transfer panels. With multiple fuel tanks on-site, the
generators are capable of running without refueling for approximately 48 hours.
Precision-controlled raised floor air conditioning systems protect and cool mission-critical servers
and equipment in the Network Operations Center. The facility is controlled by multiple 30-Ton
APC™/Airflow™, 20-Ton Liebert™, & 20-Ton Data Aire™ dual-compresser redundant systems.
These systems provide a virtually dust-free and particle-free computing environment, with
temperature, humidity, and air-quality regulation.
Restricted access to the Network Operations Center is monitored by qualified personnel 24 hours a
day, every day. Visitors and clientele are only allowed on-site if escorted by Network Operations
Center staff. The entire Network Operations Center is monitored, ensuring prompt response and
thorough coverage to fire or security alarms. We supply all our Network Operations Center
customers with advanced firewall, encryption, intrusion detection and other security measures.
Colocation4Africa® maintains a full digital video surveillance system of the Network Operations
Center, with full on-site and off-site recording.
Colocation4Africa® automatically provides backup data services to all shared hosting clientele.
Services are also optionally available to all dedicated, virtual private server (vps), and co-location
clientele. Windows™ and Linux systems store zipped copies of server system files and client data
files, for simple server rebuilding. Off-site/remote backup services are available as well.
The Network Operations Center uses industry-standard SNMP (Simple Network Management
Protocol) and provides round-the-clock monitoring of all hardware, including routers, switches, UPS
systems, and servers. The Network Operations Center also monitors power, environmental factors
(such as temperature and humidity), generator status, and network connectivity. All critical
services/ports can be monitored, including FTP, HTTP, SMTP, HTTPS, SSH, TELNET, and POP3.
We provide network monitoring of the Local Area Network, Internet connectivity (all routers,
switches, and wiring), and the Internet backbone via MRTG. Our close and constant communication
with our upstream backbone providers ensures that our customers have constant access to high-
performance Internet connections. Failure on any monitoring service results in audible alarms, LAN
messages, and alerting our staff paging system. Colocation4Africa® offers remote cold boot
hardware for dedicated server and co-location clients, with private, password protected, web based
The Network Operations Center utilizes ONLY top name brand hardware. The network is centered
on Cisco™ 6500-series border/core routers and 4900M switches, connecting via Gigabit Ethernet
(1000mbps) to the Cisco™ 6500-series aggregation switches. Hewlett Packard™ Procurve™ &
Extreme™ Summit™ 24/48/4 managed distribution switches comprise the power and stability of the
internal network, operating at 10/100/1000 mbps switched ethernet speeds. The network is
protected from Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks via Cisco Guard™ protection systems.
Hardware utilized in the facility is comprised of name brands, including the following: Intel™, Asus™,
Supermicro™, AMD™, Adaptec™, Cisco™, Kingston™, Micron™, Crucial™, 3Ware™, Maxtor™,
Abit™, Western-Digital™, Seagate™, Hitachi™, Dell™, Realtec™, & Belkin™, APC™, Tripp-Lite™,
Powerware™, & Liebert™. Facility monitoring is provided by a Geovision™ Digital Video System
over Sony™ & Panasonic™ CCTV cameras.
The Network Operations Center utilizes the CentOS™ Linux operating system on the majority of
servers present. CentOS™ Linux is a highly configurable system, and well known for speed and
stability. CentOS™ Linux servers have been documented to remain operating for up to one year at a
time without even requiring a reboot. The Apache™ Web Server nicely compliments the CentOS™
Linux Operating System. The majority of remaining servers operate on the Microsoft™ Windows™
2003/2008 Server operating system, with Internet Information Server™ Web Server. Microsoft™
Windows™ 2003/2008 Server provides a system that simplifies database, application, and visual
effect programming. Colocation4Africa® also supports FreeBSD™, Fedora™, Ubuntu™, Debian™
operating systems. CPanel™, Plesk™, DirectAdmin™, vePortal™w/OpenVZ™, & Virtuozzo™
control panels compliment the default operatins systems.