"Behind the Scenes" at GothAuctions.com
Hey! Ever wonder how we do it all "behind the scenes"?
First off, our network is connected via Gigabit Ethernet handoff(s) (1000mbps)
on redundant/dual-path OC48 (2048mbps) DWDM fiber-optic transport connections to
Commonwealth Telephone™ (CTSI™), a division of Frontier Communications™, NorthEast
PA's 2nd largest Telco. Verizon™ (Formerly Bell Atlantic PA) and PPL Telcom™, (a
sub-division of Pennsylvania Power & Electric™ - PPL™) fiber is also available in the
facility. The network currently connects the datacenter's POPs (Points of Presence)
in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, & Philadelphia, with others to be completed shortly.
Transit is provided via Gigabit Ethernet (1000mbps) from Yipes!™/Level3™
(http://www.yipes.com), Cogent™ Communications (http://www.cogentco.com), Global
Crossing™ (http://www.gblx.com), & BTN™/PCCW™ (http://www.btnaccess.com). For redundancy,
our network is currently running BGP4 (border gateway routing protocol) to maintain
the speed and uptime. If one backbone line goes down, it will balance the load to
the other(s). If one line gets congested, it will load balance the traffic.
Our datacenter is currently negotiating with major backbone providers to open POPs
in the current Scranton PA facility and is currently the only major data center/co-lo
facility within 60-75 miles of the Tier-3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA USA Metro Area.
Here's some pics of where our servers are located:
Precision-controlled raised floor air conditioning systems protect and cool our
mission-critical servers and equipment in the datacenter. The facility is controlled
by dual 30-Ton APC™/Airflow™, & dual 30-Ton Liebert™, dual-compresser redundant systems.
These systems provide a virtually dust-free and particle-free computing environment, with
temperature, humidity, and air-quality regulation.
Here's what one of the units looks like:
Our datacenter currently has 800amps 480V & 600amps 208V 3-Phase power currently available
from PP&L™ (Pennsylvania Power & Electric). The facility is currently backed up and
protected by 225KVA and 160KVA Powerware™ 9315 facility-wide UPS (Uninterruptible Power
Supply) systems, which feed PDI™, MGE™, & Liebert™ PDU (Power Distribution Unit) systems. In
a very rare case of utility outage, our Cummins™ 250KW & Detroit Diesel™ 580KW deisel
generators start automatically, taking over for the UPS systems and supplying all necessary
power for the facility. The generators interface to the power grids thru Asco™ 7000 &
RussElectric™ RTBD automatic transfer panels. The generators are powered by a 500 gallon
fuel tank, capable of running without refueling for approximately 80 hours.
Here's some of the equipment involved with providing our electricity:
The datacenter uses industry-standard SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and provides
round-the-clock monitoring of all hardware, including routers, switches, UPS systems, and
servers. It also monitors power, environmental factors (such as temperature and humidity),
generator status, and network connectivity. All critical services/ports can be monitored, including
FTP, HTTP, SMTP, HTTPS, SSH, TELNET, and POP3. The datacenter provides network monitoring of the
Local Area Network, Internet connectivity (all routers, switches, and wiring), and the Internet
backbone via MRTG. Close and constant communication with our upstream backbone providers
ensures that our customers have constant access to high-performance Internet connections.
Failure on any monitoring service results in audible alarms, LAN messages, and alerting our
staff paging system.
GothAuctions.com utilizes ONLY top name brand hardware for its servers and private LAN. The
network "at large" is centered on a Cisco™ GSR12000 Border/Core Routers, connecting via
Gigabit Ethernet (1000mbps) to the Extreme™ Summit™ 5i & 4 primary switches. Hewlett Packard™
Procurve™ & Extreme™ Summit™ 24/48 managed switches comprise the power and stability of the
network, operating at 100mbps switched ethernet speeds. The network is protected from
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks via Top Layer™ Networks IPS 5500 series systems.
Hardware utilized in the facility is comprised of name brands, including the following: Intel™,
Asus™, Supermicro™, AMD™, Adaptec™, Cisco™, Kingston™, Micron™, Crucial™, 3Ware™, Maxtor™, Abit™,
Western-Digital™, Seagate™, Hitachi™, Dell™, Realtec™, & Belkin™, APC™, Tripp-Lite™, Powerware™,
& Liebert™. Facility monitoring is provided by a Geovision™ Digital Video System over Sony™ &
Panasonic™ CCTV cameras.
Here's a picture of one of the biometric door locks at the facility:
(For those of you wondering...no this isn't codeVore93's hand...but thanks for asking anyway... :P)
If you want the best auction site in town, you gotta be able to support it!
In the end, you will find that our capabilities go well beyond normal
free auction sites.
We're confident you'll be happy with the level of service we provide and hope
our professionalism and attitude will win your visits in the future.