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SmartDataCenter.com uses the Level(3) global network for it's primary IP backbone. It has built a global communications network unlike any other. It is the most advanced communications platform in the world. It is the first network to be completely optimized for advanced IP (Internet Protocol) technology, and the first to be fully and continuously upgradeable - enabling Level(3) to continue to deploy new, superior technology as it is developed.


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The network is designed to evolve as technology evolves, taking advantage of the fact that a new generation of fiber becomes available every 18-24 months. Additionally, optoelectronics - the equipment that controls the flow of information through a network much as valves control the flow of water through a pipe - are improving even faster. Doubling in price performance every 9-10 months, optoelectronics is the fastest improving technology in industry history.

In 30 months, Level(3) built a 20,000-mile multi-conduit intercity network and 33 multi-conduit metropolitan networks in North America and Europe. Additionally, the company constructed a transatlantic cable system connecting North America and Europe, and has secured 5.6 million square feet of technical space in 74 data centers serving 57 North American markets and 12 European markets.

Level(3) Communications and Network Security

The Level(3) fiber optic network's availability, integrity, and confidentiality are the backbone of e-business. Thanks to the latest technologies and the collaboration of Level(3)'s customers and employee-owners, our network security is world class. In the Information Age, protection of data is critical for success.

Level(3) Network Security Philosophy

To better serve its customers, Level(3) Communications strives to ensure uninterrupted service and a high level of security on its high-bandwidth, all-IP network that is used to transmit data, voice, and video. Level(3) protects its systems against natural, accidental, and man-made service interruptions. Level(3) is committed to helping our customers and fellow communications firms identify and solve potential network security problems. As a charter member of the ISP Security Consortium, Level 3 has pledged to work with other ISPs on specific detection, prevention, and tracing options that can be deployed industry wide.

Level(3)'s network provides:

  • Resistant routing, to hold many network attacks at bay by configuration.
  • Tracking systems to trace malicious acts, such as distributed denial of service attacks and unauthorized use of e-mail (spamming) to their sources at the edge of the Level(3) Network.
  • Collaboration with industry-leading managed security service providers.

Level(3) recommends that all who depend on the Internet for business utilize high-quality security measures to protect their e-business enterprises.

Level(3) Security Team

Level(3) Communications has an integrated security team: Global Security oversees network risk management, providing systems security for both the external (customer) and internal networks, and conducting investigations. Regional security, with both global and local operations personnel (North America, Europe, and Asia) implement security procedures and respond to customer requests. Level(3) is highly automated for efficiency, and employs highly-skilled technical security experts to address concerns.

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