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Data Center T1?

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    I've heard of Meetup Rooms, Meet Point Rooms, T1's for Internet access, but can a T1 line be used within a data center that does not travel over a 3rd party line?  Someone said they did, and I'm looking for validation.  Anything to explain data centers a bit better would be appreciated.  I have not heard of T1's being used in this fashion.

Thanks,

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't know why you would... but you could use a T1 point to point if you bought the equipment to do it.  Since your basic T1 runs at 1.544Mbps, it would be the slowest connection in the data center.  Modern ethernet networks run at 1 Giga bits per second which is about 600 times faster than a T1.

A data center is a place that is equipped to run computers that are connected in networks.  Can be anywhere from a few computers to 200,000 plus in some of the largest data centers.
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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
So this person was saying it is common practice.  I agree with the point about GBPS verses T1.  Are other capabilities deployed in data centers such as DS3?  Again, I am not sure why one would, but I'm trying to give this person some credit.  Maybe they have old information from years ago.  Thoughts?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
"Within" a data center?  T1 lines are  a carrier provided WAN link between different locations.  Don't why you would use one within a data center.

And I can't imagine using  a 1.5mbp/s service to a data center these days. 1g is the slowest circuit I've seen at a data center in a while.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I believe a DS3 is only 45Mbps.  It may be a good connection to an external site but once again, pointless for an internal link.  The place that hosts my main web site uses 10Gbps links to the outside world.  T1s and DS3s are of little use to them.  Even here on my home network, I don't have anything slower than 100Mbps except for one very old computer running Windows 3.1.
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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
Don,

     That is what I understood a T1 to be.  But now about alternate WAN technologies?  Dave, above, said one could theoretically do so.  I think the person who said this is throwing BS out there.  How about Meet Point Rooms and T1's?

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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
All,

   What I am hearing is that this person was probably making up crap to sound intelligent.  Even OCX would be ridiculous within a data center or cloud service provider (assuming one geographic location - not a dispersed model).  What technology do Meet Point Rooms use?  They aren't using OCX or anything are they?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
In today's data center, 100mbp/s is too slow so even a T3 wouldn't meet the needs. Unless maybe it's backup for the backup line.

I've never heard the term "meet point room" so I can't speak to that. If you're referring to "Meet-me Rooms" or MPE (Main Point of Entry), I doubt very seriously that you'd ever find T-1's used there as that's where carrier circuits interconnect with other carriers within CoLo's.

As for "OCX", if you're referring to OC (optical carrier) standards, then yes.  Those could be used since OC-192 will provide 9gbp/s. But not within the DC since 10g ethernet would be easier and cheaper.

It's possible that there's a terminology issue going on here.  Maybe this person has a different definition for "Data Center" or even T1.
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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
Don,

    Thank you.  I know a company who calls them Meet Point Room.  It is the same as MPE and Meet-me rooms.

All,

    Thanks for your answers!

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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 125 points for Don Johnston's comment #a40679889
Assisted answer: 125 points for Dave Baldwin's comment #a40679849
Assisted answer: 125 points for Don Johnston's comment #a40679857
Assisted answer: 125 points for Dave Baldwin's comment #a40679860
Assisted answer: 0 points for awakenings's comment #a40679926

for the following reason:

They all provided fantastic answers!
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Mike SmithEnterprise VoIP & ISP BrokerCommented:
A lot of this depends on the data center provider and type.  A meet-me-room is typically only found in carrier hotels, where multiple service providers are looking to do private peering with other service providers' backbone networks.

In terms of a normal data center (colo facility), you can get any type of Internet or Point to Point/WAN connectivity you want but T1's would be one of the most expensive and inefficient technologies available.  Bandwidth is usually sold in 1M (fiber), increments, starting at 1M.  They also have private rooms/workstations where IT can park their laptop work for short periods of time, but that's just called a private work room, not a meet-me-room.
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awakeningsAuthor Commented:
I thought I closed this, but thank you for the extra answer!
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