FORETHOUGHT.net was one of the very first participants at Comfluent, which is now known as CoreSite, at the Denver Gas and Electric Building (910 15th Street) in Denver. Here’s our page at the CoreSite Community online. CoreSite Community Link We can provide Internet, telephone, or cloud service connectivity through our POP in CoreSite.
Check out this video where we create a Hosted PBX instance in a bit over two minutes. This is our amazing new CloudFone system.
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One of the key challenges to Gigabit service is latency. What is latency, and how does it affect Internet speeds? Latency is the amount of time it takes for data to travel from its source to its destination across the Internet. Latency depends on several factors; 1) Transmission Latency: the speed of the underlying circuit. A gigabit circuit (1000 mbps) has lower transmission latency than a T1 circuit (1.5 mbps). 2) Distance Latency: The geographic distance. The speed of light becomes significant when the distance is over 100 miles. 3) Switching Latency: time it takes for data to be switched through a router. Each router or switch takes a certain amount of time to transfer data in from one port, through the device, and out another port. For Internet applications, the major components to latency are usually the Transmission Latency and the Distance Latency. The time it takes light to… read more →
From its humble beginnings as a “DVD rental-by-mail” company, Netflix has grown to be one of the most important Internet companies out there. They are the #1 streaming Internet video provider. At FORETHOUGHT.net, during evenings Netflix accounts for fully half of all our Internet traffic. Netflix is forcing ISPs to invest in improving last mile Internet connection speeds, it is forcing Internet backbone upgrades, it is causing peering disputes between carriers – and it is entertaining millions. Netflix is a disruptive technology, and it hasn’t even scratched the surface. Current Netflix’s “high quality” videos require a solid 3 megabits per second of connectivity. It can be expected over time for this figure to increase dramatically, as in order to compress videos into 3 mbps the quality does suffer. By comparison, the new Netflix “Ultra HD” quality category is five times the bandwidth of a HD video. In order to get ahead… read more →
The FORETHOUGHT.net web site is now available on the IPv6 Internet. End-users accessing the FORETHOUGHT.net web site will load it via IPv6 if they are on an IPv6 enabled network. The site has already been accessed via IPv6 from 6 countries and numerous US-based ISPs. Modern operating systems and web browsers are smart enough to seamlessly select the IPv6 or IPv4 version of a web site depending on which network is available, preferring IPv6 when both are available. This work is part of our progress in IPv6 technology deployment, and is a test of various IPv6-enabled infrastructure including routers, Ethernet switches, SilverLining cloud service, Linux operating system, DNS servers, and OSS (operational support systems). FORETHOUGHT.net Consulting Engineers are available to assist your organization in an IPv6 deployment, as part of our new Managed Services division. They can integrate Windows, Linux, firewalls and IPv6 routers to connect your enterprise to the… read more →
I am very pleased to announce that IPv6 is now available to FORETHOUGHT.net collocation, web hosting, and SilverLining Cloud customers. Our IPv6 deployment currently covers 70% of our upstream and peering relationships, and is targeted for 100% shortly. But we are fully live and on the IPv6 map today. North America is officially out of IPv4 addresses. While FORETHOUGHT.net has a good supply, and there are paths available to get additional addresses (as increasing cost), it is a good idea to start planning switching to IPv6. If you desire an IPv6 assignment, please let support know. Q&A What is IPv6? IPv6 is a new version of the IP protocol used on the Internet. The current most commonly used IP protocol is IPv4. Why do I need IPv6? IPv4 specified a maximum of only 4 billion IP addresses, the numbers that computers use to talk to each other on the Internet.… read more →
At FORETHOUGHT.net, we have some of the most innovative engineering minds in the business. And now we’re rolling out a suite of services targeted to other ISP’s/Carriers. Contact your Channel Manager today to learn more! 910 15th St Virtual Collocation Service We have deployed a DWDM (Dense Wave-Division Multiplexing) system between our data center at 2347 Curtis and 910 15th St. With our 910 15th Virtual Collocation Service, you can place your equipment in a less expensive, much more convenient facility with easy free parking – while still easily interconnecting with any of the carriers at 910 15th, just as if you were at 910 15th. DWDM services are also available to the Denver Main CenturyLink CO / Tandem Facility. Netflix Tell all your service provider customers about our new direct Netflix interconnect service available at 910 15th/DGE. We have established a direct DWDM interconnect with Netflix in Denver and… read more →
I’m pleased to announce that FORETHOUGHT.net has completed the first of many significant network upgrades this year. We have completed deployment of our all-new IP Core network. This network is what provides the interconnection between our customer’s Internet services, and the world Internet. We have developed a meshed router architecture that connects us to more Internet backbones, content providers, and other regional Internet Provider companies than any other ISP in Colorado – and it does so redundantly. The internal mesh is comprised of 10 Gigabit links, powered by our own dark fiber network. These routers are top of the line core routers made by Juniper, and will ensure reliability and performance far into the future. Our extensive interconnection (peering) with other ISPs gives us the most diverse, lowest-delay, and highest performing Internet connectivity probably in the state of Colorado. Here are just a few of the Internet networks we directly… read more →
Dear Valued FORETHOUGHT.net Customers, We have started a round of exciting network upgrades, which will increase our capacity and improve reliability. After the outage issues of last month, we did a top to bottom engineering review, and decided on a number of architectural changes and improvements. We are undertaking 6 major projects to beef up our network and deliver the best Internet connectivity: IP Core, IP Access, Direct Netflix Peering, Voice Quality Monitoring, FT Corp HQ DR, and MPLS Network Upgrades. I will write about one of these topics each week for the next 6 weeks. IP Core To handle the next phase of our growth, and to address an architectural issue we uncovered in our network auditing, we are purchasing an all-new IP Core. The routers for the new Core design will provide enhanced levels of redundancy, while allowing us to upgrade all our connectivity to 10G (10 Gigabit)… read more →