IPv6-native Internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric has set up a network Point of Presence (PoP) at SDN Communications in Sioux Falls. Strategically serving clients in and around one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing cities is the goal of the network’s new Point of Presence.
The SDN Communications Sioux Falls data center, which had 25,000 square feet when it first launched in 2012, is currently undergoing expansion to double its size. It was initially intended to serve as an emergency backup facility for the 50,000 miles of fiber installed by SDN Communications across eight states. A F4 tornado with winds of more than 200 mph can be withstood by the building’s 12-inch-thick concrete walls.
This data center has direct connectivity to metro, state, and regional fiber networks and has secured access with biometric and dual authentication access control.
The vast IPv4 and IPv6 network of Hurricane Electric is now accessible to customers of SDN Communications Sioux Falls through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. Additionally, clients at the facility have access to Hurricane Electric’s extensive worldwide network, which would enable more than 30,000 BGP sessions with more than 10,000 distinct networks via more than 280 main exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports.
Load Balancing, Congestion Control
Healthcare, manufacturing, distribution and logistics, as well as the cyber and IT industries, have operations in Sioux Falls. Additionally, South Dakota is among the top five states for e-commerce and has a business-friendly tax environment. Thanks in part to Dakota State University’s intentions to engage in cyber research, graduating computer and cyber students, and establishing an applied research laboratory in Sioux Falls, the region would have a growing IT and cyber workforce.
This network PoP is Hurricane Electric’s first location in South Dakota and the 26th in the U.S. Midwest. When delivering next-generation IP connectivity services, it would give businesses in the area better fault tolerance, load balancing, and congestion control.
“Adding Hurricane Electric’s first PoP to South Dakota is critical step in ensuring connectivity in this vibrant state and in the Midwest region,” said Mike Leber, President at Hurricane Electric. “We are excited to provide SDN Communications’ customers with additional options for high-speed global IP Transit.”