Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Update was Good to me

Google updated their page rank and backlinks. I'm happy to say no change on my main site with a slight increase in backlinks. I have a bunch of new general web directories that gained pagerank and backlinks. I hope to at least make back my investment for the directories, maybe even make some money. Here is some advise for anyone who wants to start a web directory - don't do it! It is a big pain and it takes a while to make any money.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Carrier Neutral Data Centers Are Best for Colocation

When choosing a data center facility to colocate your servers in my opinion it is best to choose a facility that is carrier neutral. A good carrier neutral facility should have at least 10 carriers in the facility. Most data center offer several carriers on their network, facilities should offer at least 3 carriers. Five to eight carriers is preferred. Because so many carriers are in the facility bandwidth prices tend to be lower because you have so many carriers competing for your business.
I also suggest facilities that use optimized bandwidth solutions. Better facilities use hardware that monitors their carrier networks and examines network conditions like latency, packet loss and jitter. Theses hardware platforms will reroute your internet traffic on the fly is a problems occurs. Think of it as brown out protection or that quickest way to a destination is not always the shortest path.
Always look for N+1 redundancy and ask if they are using flow control or route optimized bandwidth.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Best Soho VoIP service

I started using Broadvoice a few weeks ago and I'm very pleased with the service. I use it with my cisco 7960 and wireless plantronics headset. The best part for me is the alternate phone number service. For only $2 a month I can get an alternate phone number for a different area code.