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Jul 3, 2014

Rollout complete: MIRO conquers global network congestion

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We’re proud to announce the complete deployment of Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) to help you fight through network congestion and achieve the best available online performance.

Internet traffic has become increasingly congested as businesses race to meet consumer demand for web-based services. Applications that are data-intensive or sensitive to latency require a fast, highly available global network in order to deliver content to multiple devices around the world.

Now available across Internap’s major global network Points of Presence (POPs), MIRO constantly probes multiple carriers to route traffic across the best performing path more than 99% of the time.

The power of MIRO

Our tests show that next-generation MIRO routes packets 35 milliseconds faster on average across all destination prefixes than suboptimal carrier routes. When compared to any single carrier, MIRO provides 4 times less fluctuation in performance, resulting in a more stable, reliable connection and consistent application performance. The addition of IPv6 capabilities, hardware upgrades and a more efficient route-optimization engine ensure optimal network performance for our cloud, hosting and colocation customers. To learn more about the new aspects of next-generation MIRO, see our earlier press release and blog.

The MIRO technology works over our redundant P-NAP infrastructure, which looks like this:

MIRO_PNAP

Worldwide capabilities

To enhance the global power of MIRO even more, we’ve just added a new POP in Slough, UK, just minutes outside London. As a data center hub for the region, Slough is an ideal location because of the large volumes of Internet traffic in the area. The P-NAP marks our third location in the region, and we plan to add more in the future to accommodate high customer demand for our IP solution.

The table below shows the regions and number of P-NAPS in which next-generation MIRO is controlling traffic.

New MIRO Locations

Globally, the next-generation MIRO algorithm makes millions of route adjustments every hour, improving application performance for our customers to their end users. This successful deployment marks another step towards Internap’s commitment to provide Performance Without Compromise.

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Nov 12, 2013

F1 is coming to America

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F1 is coming to AmericaSpeed, noise, colour, emotion… passion… history. Formula 1 isn’t just a sport. To its millions of fans around the world, it is a religion. Played out on a global stage in some of the world’s most glamorous locations, it is the ultimate gladiatorial battle, combining technological precision and excellence with grit, determination and the highest levels of sporting skill and agility seen anywhere on earth. A sport where the slightest mistake can mean not simply the difference between winning and losing, but between life and death. Fast, furious… unforgiving. Formula 1 is the ultimate window into the pinnacle of human endeavor.

It is the most watched sport on earth. Yes, you’ve heard that statistic before. But it is true. Half a billion people tuned in globally to watch the 2012 Formula 1 season unfold. Half a billion. Only the soccer World Cup and the Olympics can claim more viewers than that. They happen every four years. Grands Prix take place every two weeks.

From a business perspective, Formula 1 also exists as one of the most high profile billboards in the world. With just 11 teams and 22 drivers, potential advertising space on these modern day chariots is limited and in high demand, with every penny of investment going to cut the tenths of a second that can make the difference between points, podiums and that most powerful drug of all… victory.

And yet for all its allure, for all its success, Formula 1 is still a niche interest in one of the biggest global markets of them all. America remains the land of opportunity for Formula 1 and the market in which it has the most interest in conquering.

Land of opportunity
It has long been said that Formula 1 needs America more than America needs F1 and, since I started working on the US television broadcast four years ago, I have seen an extent to which this old adage rings true. America is a sports mad nation, but a sports mad nation with quite an insular view. For many US sports fans the great rivalries are not inter-nation, but inter-state. NASCAR and IndyCar have always carried more popular support stateside than Formula 1, their calendars existing almost exclusively within the North American continent.

Of course, Formula 1 does itself no favours in trying to establish itself in the US. It is the big show, and considers itself to be the pinnacle of all racing worldwide. How very arrogant to come into still unchartered territory and claim that it is the best racing out there. But Formula 1 and humility have never and will never be easy bed fellows. There are no American teams. There are no fulltime American F1 drivers. How then, can F1 sell itself to the mass populous of its most important market?

In order to ensure roots are laid down for a solid future in the US, a partnership was needed with a network that would promote the championship and push it forward. In NBC Sports, I think Formula 1 has that. It has been a pleasure to work this season with the whole crew and with a network keen to promote Formula 1 across its many and varied platforms. The committed and loyal fan base that exists in the States needs to know that waking up in the early hours will be worth its time, and the quality of the show reflects the investment and faith that the network has in the product.

The Monaco Grand Prix saw the highest figures for an F1 race in the US for over five years. The fan base is there, and it is growing with each passing race.

I am glad to see US-based companies like Internap showing their support for Formula 1 by sponsoring the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team. Internap, a provider of high-performance hosting services, hosts Sahara Force India’s website which is the primary means of communicating with the media and engaging with the team’s growing, global fan base. The US Grand Prix gives Internap the opportunity to support Formula 1 in the states while strengthening customer relationships through VIP hospitality and exclusive access to the Sahara Force India team.

Formula 1’s future in the US appears to be very bright indeed. The interest is clearly there for US-based sponsors, and the fan base is expanding almost as fast as the Formula 1 calendar itself. Formula 1 may always have believed that it needs America more than America needs it, but on recent form it appears that while America might not need Formula 1, it not only wants Formula 1… it loves Formula 1.

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Sep 20, 2013

Sahara Force India: This F1 website doesn’t brake for pit stops

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Sahara Force India

Formula One is rightly regarded as one of the greatest expressions of technology. In a world living on the edge, where a thousandth of a second can mean the difference between triumph and defeat, there is no space for compromise.

The same mentality applies to the IT solutions that power the Sahara Force India website, our most effective platform to interact with our fans and engage them. In a technological world that is connected 24/7, nothing is left to chance. Through our website, we connect with Formula One followers all over the world, sharing news, behind-the-scenes insights and information, making them an integral part of our team.

Top performance online and on the circuit
Formula One is a global sport and our team has fans in every continent. It is crucial for our website to be live and accessible at every hour in the day and in the night – no downtime is acceptable: our partnership with Internap guarantees the most reliable platform in order to leave no fan out in the cold – wherever their location and needs.

Especially at race weekends, when traffic reaches its peaks, the platform created by Internap allows us to achieve top performance, while the knowledge that no fan is ever let down by our website’s technological solutions gives our team the ease of mind to concentrate on bringing new, exciting content to our fans.

Being able to count on a website that delivers unrivalled performance has allowed us to build a unique relationship with our followers, bringing them exclusive content with the confidence our fans will be able to enjoy it.

“I visit the website every day” says Patricia, who hails from the Asturias in Spain; “I am a massive fan of your blogs where you talk about your summer break, how you feel when going somewhere for the first time or how is it like for the team to race in India. This kind of entries put us fans closer to the team and I appreciate that a lot.”

Young fan Cassie, from England, attributes her passion for Formula One to the team’s website, her one-stop-shop for information. “I read every article, even older ones – each one helps my Formula One knowledge grow” is her verdict. “Without the website I wouldn’t have my Paul Di Resta shirt, I wouldn’t know where to get the full race previews from all the team – I wouldn’t be one of your Best Fans!”

The website is the way our team connects to our home in India and to the passionate fans following our team there. Superfan Darshan, from Kolkata, is “really thankful for the website, the best source of information about the team.

“The blogs give us so much about what is going on behind the scenes. When you go through them, one can imagine the situation and feel just like you’re there with the team. It is also great to read about [Academy Driver] Jehan’s excellent performances. It’s tough to get hold of any news of him on the net but there are so many updates by the team!”

Through our website, we try to bridge the gap between the team and the millions of fans who wish us well every race weekend. Getting closer, sharing the insights of what happens backstage at a Grand Prix gives the hundreds of thousands who cannot travel to a race the opportunity to be part of the team. There are a few fans, however, for which this connection reaches an even more personal level – those for whom the interaction with our site allows to keep in touch with loved ones: the families of our team members.

“The team website is so important for us” says Oana, originally from Bucharest. “It makes us feel part of the race weekends and therefore part of the lives of our dear ones when they’re away. The same goes for all our friends, work colleagues and extended family so the virus of F1 and love for SFI spreads through its people.

“As a fan of the team, I love all the drivers’ pre- and post-race comments. I love their optimism and determination and the explanations making things clear for all us non-engineers!”

The positive feedback from our loyal fans is a huge reward for everyone in the team and renews our commitment to work hard, in partnership with Internap, to bring an even better website experience for our followers.

We listen carefully to the suggestions and comments of the best Formula One fans in the world. As we keep improving our offer, we want to bring you even more. Loyal fan Tim, from England, enjoys “one of the best and easiest to access sites of all the F1 teams so keep up the good work” and asks for “more about the team – the key players, the factory and the staff behind running a large operation like a F1 team.”

Working with Internap, we can keep working on bringing you the best content – today and tomorrow.

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Apr 11, 2013

F1 returns to China, fans rejoice

Ansley Kilgore

F1 returns to ChinaIt has been three agonizingly long weeks for Formula One fans as we anxiously await this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. Long breaks between race weekends are never any fun for fans, but this break has been particularly maddening. Why? Because we are only two races into the season and both races so far have been all kinds of awesome to say the least.

The season opened with a surprise winner of the Australian Grand Prix – Kimi Räikkönen, who became the focus of much attention last season with his now infamous retort, “leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!” A fellow F1 fan even sent me a button with the phrase emblazoned on it. Well, apparently Kimi knew exactly what he was doing in Australia. We barely had time to catch our breath and then it was on to the Malaysian Grand Prix where utter chaos ensued in the pits and a new catch phrase was born. Welcome “multi-21” to the F1 vernacular.

So how does a fan half-way across the world keep up? Well, it’s all about the F1 digital ecosystem where online information and updates are rampant, opinions and analysis are readily available and fans are whipped into a frenzy – at least this fan is, anyway.

Our friends over at Sahara Force India (SFI) certainly understand that engaging their global fan base is key, which means their website is of utmost importance. At Internap, we get to be part of the F1 action through our relationship with SFI. We provide them with an online performance package for their website that includes Managed Hosting, Performance IPTM, and a Content Delivery Network (CDN). With the support of Internap’s IT Infrastructure services, SFI can engage its global fan base via www.saharaforceindiaf1.com with videos, photos, blogs and much more.

So the next time you are scouring the web and social media sites for the information you crave, remember that your online experience is powered by some serious IT muscle. The right technology and infrastructure need to be in place so that you can interact with your favorite F1 teams and drivers and become part of the virtual global fan base.

How will I get the inside scoop from the pitlane and paddock this race weekend? Check out Force India on Twitter, Facebook and of course at www.saharaforceindiaf1.com.

To learn more about Internap’s partnership with Sahara Force India, watch our video.

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Mar 20, 2013

March Madness: How CDNs help you watch college basketball at work

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 CDNs help you watch college basketballDear Bosses of College Basketball Fans,

An intense fever called March Madness is sweeping through workplaces across the country. Do not be alarmed if your employees gather around their computer screens to watch streaming media of NCAA tournament basketball games. This may result in random cheering, fist-pumping, hi-fiving and possibly crying tears of joy or defeat.

This week, college basketball fans will bring their school pride to their workstations and watch their favorite teams compete to become the next National Champion. This is why Bob from IT will come to work wearing a curly white wig and his face painted blue. Or why Susan from marketing will arrive in her college basketball uniform from 15 years ago. But did you know all this madness is made possible through the magic of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)?

You: But what is a CDN and how does it work?

Me: I’m glad you asked. Let me explain.

A CDN is an effective way to distribute large files and stream live or on-demand media to end-users anywhere in the world. With scalable storage and the ability to handle traffic spikes, a CDN provides a high-quality viewing experience even when large numbers of people are consuming live streaming events at the same time. Basically, this means your employees can stream live basketball games online all day.

Here at Internap, our global CDN helps reduce the load on origin infrastructure to provide fast and reliable distribution of media assets, resulting in low latency and high performance.

So, when you’re patrolling your office floor later this week and you happen to see a college basketball game on someone’s screen instead of that finance spreadsheet you need by 5pm, no worries. Thanks to CDNs, it probably wasn’t going to get done anyway.

P.S. To read more about Internap’s dependable global CDN and how it can handle your website’s demand surge, download our CDN datasheet.

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Mar 12, 2013

F1 2013: Sahara Force India & Paul Di Resta Suit Up for Performance

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Formula One kicks off the 2013 season this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. As Sahara Force India’s Official Supplier for Online Performance, we are geared up for an exhilarating season!

To get you in the mood, turn up the volume and immerse yourself in the imagery and sound of F1.

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Jan 4, 2013

YouSendIt controls their IT Infrastructure with ability to quickly scale

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As a leading provider of services that span from simple file sharing to a comprehensive content collaboration suite of services, YouSendIt wanted to expand its European market providing integrated tools for sending, sharing and signing business content online. But challenges they faced were important to overcome as well. Specifically, YouSendIt wanted to:

  • Save on overall storage costs
  • Increase scalability to rapidly grow with its exponentially expanding customer base
  • Add flexibility to deployment platforms and increase speed so customers can instantly connect

Learn how YouSendIt expanded with cost-effective storage and the ability to expand quickly.

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Nov 21, 2012

Formula One returns to the United States

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Formula One returns to the United States
Naturally, performance is key to the Sahara Force India Formula One Team, and also to the IT infrastructure that Internap provides. Well, let me assure you that performance was alive and well this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

I had the privilege of attending the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas and spending some time in the Sahara Force India garage. Attending a race in person is a completely different experience than watching it on TV. The sound of the engines is absolutely deafening, the speed at which the cars go by is almost impossible to believe and the excitement is physically exhilarating. One might say it is a full body experience in every way, complete with a racing pulse that lasts for hours. By the end of the day, my head hurt, my ears were ringing, my feet throbbed and I had a sunburn. It was absolutely glorious.

The return of Formula One to the United States was truly a spectacle and one of the most exciting races of the season. Lewis Hamilton’s pass of Sebastian Vettel to grab the lead by the scruff of the neck and win the race was thrilling, and assures that all eyes will be on the season-ending race in Brazil this weekend.

With only one race remaining in 2012 and our foray into Formula One complete, I can tell you that I have new respect for everyone involved in this sport. The amount of effort expelled, number of hours worked and miles logged across the globe is staggering. Sure, the drivers get all the glory on the podium, basking in the spotlight and being doused with champagne. But it’s truly a team sport, and it certainly takes an F1 village to make a Grand Prix weekend happen.

Best memories of the weekend? Looking up for the first time at the massive hill into turn one at the circuit. Mind boggling. Watching the drivers on the podium come out wearing big black cowboy hats. Nice touch, Texas! Listening to Paul Di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi talk Formula One in our exclusive Driver Q&A session – priceless.

To learn more about how Sahara Force India leverages Internap’s “performance package” for success, watch this video.

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Oct 9, 2012

F1 in Schools World Championships: Go Team Shift, Go USA!!

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Team Shift2012 has been delightful for speed lovers of every kind. With the U.S. once again hosting the United States Grand Prix, the first since 2007, many can’t stop the excitement and noise about the races, the teams, the speed and the skills behind each win. Internap is very much part of all the excitement through the sponsorship of Sahara Force India, but today the levels of exhilaration have reached extraordinary peaks.

Internap is proud to announce that it is the newest sponsor of F1 Team Shift, a student-based team that will be representing the United States in the F1 in Schools World Championship this month in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

F1 Team Shift members Kelly Fitzgerald, Anna Awald, Claire McCoy and Sabine Saldanha designed and built a CO2-powered, balsa-wood model of a Formula One racecar that will compete in a 65-foot track against student teams from 34 countries. During the championship, the team will also be judged on a verbal presentation, engineering interview, and the design and construction of a large team display.

The F1 in Schools program inspires students to study math, science and engineering concepts, and demonstrate leadership and the ability to work as a team. Some schools build the engineering program into their curriculum and students receive significant support. The members of Team Shift were not among them, as they did not receive special considerations from their school or from the state of Georgia. They managed the entire scope of the project outside of the classroom, at their homes and in a former teacher’s garage. Funding for the trip, materials and expenses are not easy on the families, however Team Shift realized that they are not alone in their endeavor, as some Atlanta-based companies quickly decided to jump in to support them.

For Internap, it was a natural fit given the nature of the project and because Team Shift’s commitment to innovation, performance and dedication mirror their own approach to technology. They have had the opportunity to not only apply their engineering, technology and design skills but also learn the power of teamwork. These are lessons that inspire and are worth nurturing and shaping so that others overcome challenges to keep their goals continuously present.

You can follow the team’s progress at https://f1-shift.com/ a website that was created and managed by the girls themselves, while being hosted and Powered by Internap.

Internap is rooting for the girls as they take on competitors from all parts of the world!

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Sep 21, 2012

Formula One – Singapore Style

Ansley Kilgore

Formula One – Singapore StyleAll eyes in the Formula One world will be on Singapore this weekend for the 2012 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. My F1 insiders tell me that this is truly the most anticipated race of the year. Monaco is always number one in the press, but Singapore is number one with the in-crowd. Night racing on the downtown streets of Singapore? Yes, please! Even the most “been-there, done-that” F1 insider can’t resist the lure of Singapore.

Sahara Force India’s, Paul Di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg both have experience in Singapore with Paul having a tremendous finish in 2011 gaining the team eight precious points. Nico recently commented on Sahara Force India TV that this race requires a completely different approach with it being the toughest race of the year – physically and mentally.

Race results depend on performance, reliability and speed – all concepts that resonate deeply here at Internap. With a local office in Singapore and 10 years in the global hosting business powering top Internet applications and websites, we’ve developed the best infrastructure approach in Asia. The entire F1 community looks forward to this race and we at Internap look forward to a race on our semi-home turf.

Now that I think about it, our turf is actually the entire Internet. Because of our Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) technology, we give you a performance boost when routing your IP traffic across the globe. Kind of like DRS for F1 – increasing speed to facilitate passing.

So I am ready to experience my next Grand Prix thanks to the gentlemen at SPEED – Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett – who I affectionately refer to as the F1 trifecta. They will guide me through the circuit, the driver lineup and the finer points of pit stop strategy. Join me this weekend for a Grand Prix unlike any other and as Bob likes to say at the start of every race – here come the lights, turn up the volume!

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