Network!

May 5, 2010

I am just curious how many ways we use the word network and how many different meanings it has. If you think about it we use it in many ways. The word was first seen in the 1500’s and related to knitting and weaving silk like a net and then in the 1600’s it refers to reticulate structures in animals and plants. In the 1800’s it is used to refer to rivers, canals, railways, and a distribution of electrical cables. In 1914 it is used to describe a wireless broadcasting system. Yep, I said 1914 and wireless in the same sentence (think Radio). Read more here.

As you can see the word has the possibility for quite a few meanings. We use the word today for quite a few things. We do this with other words in the English language as well. Here are a couple of my favorites.

“They’re over there talking about their cars.” And “He should sell those sails while they are on sale.”

The English language can be very tricky because the same words can have different meaning or different words can sound the same when spoken. Here is my best attempt at a network sentence.

“I was on my wireless network, networking with some of my in-network physicians while watching my favorite network TV show.” Um, could I get some help diagramming this sentence over here?

According to Google Webmaster tools SoftLayer uses the word Network 1916 times on our entire site. The only other word we use more is of course the word SoftLayer (because we like our name I assume!) and it has a total of 7235. I think you will see in the coming months that these two numbers will get closer together as we have just rolled out our new network.

You can read all about it here and if you like what you see then please click our “Like” button in the upper right corner of the page. Here are a few of the fun details:

  • 1,000 Gbps of connectivity between 3 data centers and 7 points of presence – It makes a great network that looks like a net!
  • Increased number of transit providers and peers - more control, lower latency, improved routes - PING times will improve.
  • VPN Access to all PoPs – reduces latency between you and our network.
  • Enterprise Grade DNS located in all 10 PoPs – this will improve d performance and help with DDOS mitigation.
  • Direct Connections to PoPs – Get a Metro WAN direct to SoftLayer private network.

Keep looking for more new announcements in the coming weeks. I would make a checklist but it would be very long and would take too much of my time to manage!