Most networks are linked to the Internet via a single connection. If
that goes down, you’re out of business. That is why CyberGate has
multiple connections to the Internet from a variety of providers. This
not only provides redundancy in the event of a problem with a particular
connection, it also greatly enhances performance by effectively
reducing the number of hops required to complete a connection.
So lets say your customer is trying to access your server through the Internet via their local
ISP, which is connected to the Internet by network A. And say your
server is hosted by a company that has a single connection to the
Internet provided by network B. Because the two providers are not
directly connected, your customer might have to go through several other
networks until he finally reached your server.
That is why CyberGate maintains multiple connections to different
networks. We have so many, in fact, that odds are we have a direct
connection to the network to which your customer is connected. This
dramatically reduces response time.
Of course, multiple networks aren’t going to help you if the
physical cable with which you connect to them is damaged. To eliminate
this risk, CyberGate uses SONET ring technology to connect to the
Internet. With a SONET ring, if the fiber optic cable is cut at any
point, data is automatically re-routed along the opposite direction,
providing self-healing access around failed network components. To
further ensure your connectivity, we provide additional redundancy by
maintaining a second, isolated SONET ring.