BigBiz's Network Connection

BigBiz's servers are among the best connected machines in the world.

Our servers are housed in specially built server rooms, with redundant power, backups, 24x7 monitoring, and fully redundant network connections. We feature direct connections to all the major Internet backbone carriers and exchange points.

We use state of the art Cisco, 3COM, and HP networking equipment. Our uplink provider AboveNet has a network map which shows the capacity and connectivity.

Having direct connections to the main exchange points means less "hops" between you and your clients, super-fast turnarounds and transfer speeds, and eliminating those "connection refused" messages which plague ISPs with poor connectivity.

By hosting your web pages at BigBiz instead of a 2nd or 3rd tier ISPs, you are eliminating unnecessary extra "hops" through intermediate routers.

How fast is BigBiz?

We can reach the MAE in about 1 millisecond, and CIX in under 3 milliseconds. Most users can't even ping a directly connected ethernet machine in that time! Having good connectivity means users can get to your web site without delay.

Approx. ping times to some major sites are listed below, we dare you to compare with your ISP:


File transfers speed

Here is the log from a ftp session to (large repository of public domain and shareware files):
ftp> get Index-byname.Z 
local: Index-byname.Z remote: Index-byname.Z
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for Index-byname.Z (3883530 bytes).
226 Transfer complete.
3883530 bytes received in 5.97 secs (6.4e+02 Kbytes/sec)
ftp> get Index-bytime.Z
local: Index-bytime.Z remote: Index-bytime.Z
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for Index-bytime.Z (4565985 bytes).
226 Transfer complete.
4565985 bytes received in 6.89 secs (6.5e+02 Kbytes/sec)
Thats over 8 Megabytes in 13 seconds!

What this means is that when your clients requests files or views your web pages, we can pump data to the network as fast as they can receive it. Compare this to typical ISPs that have T1 lines, its not even close!

What does all this cost?

A lot. The equipment is not cheap, and there is an enormous amount of time spent in engineering and network administration. BigBiz has put a lot of effort into setting up this infrastructure so you wont need to.

When web hosting at BigBiz, you can forget about any concerns you have about slow network connectivity. We can offer to you the equivalent capabilities of a major internet carrier, at a downright disgustingly low price. BigBiz will handle the network administration issues so you can spend your time concentrating on your business, and not wasting your time solving esoteric computer problems.

Cost comparison

Lets compare the costs of setting up your own internet server at your premises to hosting at BigBiz.

Suppose you want to create a web site and deliver your content to customers around the world. You will not want to have any connection less than a T1. Typical T1 costs are about $5000 setup and $750-1000 per month. Add to that the costs of a computer and time someone on your staff spends mucking with the configuration and such, and you are clearly into $5000+ / month.

If you transfer 5 Gigabytes of data per month, the cost of hosting your site at BigBiz comes to about $50 per month (many businesses hosted at BigBiz pay a lot less). You can realize all of the benefits of our expertise and network connectivity at a fraction of what it would cost to "do it yourself".

How do we do it

We have placed major up-front investments into our setup. We can pass these benefits to you and many others, basically dividing down our costs. We have negotiated volume pricing agreements and can pass these savings to you.

We outsource some of our needs to bring the cost down, like facility management and network monitoring. We concentrate on what we do best: setting up web server and networking hardware, software, and customer service.

As internet presence becomes more important for businesses, we expect to grow to serve these needs. We are always expanding our capabilities, looking for additional network bandwidth, and adding new hardware and software to serve those needs. We are constantly monitoring new developments in internet and web technology, like IPv6, new gTLDs, server extensions, and security issues, and will bring these new technologies to our customers.