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Satellite Networking Solutions - iDirect
For Fixed and Mobile iDirect Satellite Systems
 
Creating a new, or expanding an existing network to include satellite is fairly straight forward, but never the same for any organization. Our sales engineers are here to help answer questions as well as create different quotes to compare your satellite networking options.

Satellite Networking Options

Standard Shared Services
Our standard shared service to the Internet uses a Star Topology TDM/MF-TDMA iDirect optimized network. Our standard services are global and have contention ratios below 20:1 ... Use our global map to locate service plans in any region.

Dedicated SCPC Unlimited Channels
Ground Control's Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) service offers a true unshared dedicated channel of up to 20 Mbps download by 7 Mbps upload. This service provides full speed connectivity at all times with absolutely no restrictions. More Information

Hybrid Satellite Connections - Shared & Dedicated
A popular networking option that can cut the costs of an expensive high-speed dedicated SCPC channel is to combine a high-speed low-cost shared service (for normal Internet traffic), with a low-speed dedicated SCPC unshared channel for high-security data. More Information

Leased-Line, MPLS Provisioning
A Leased-Line is an open unshared terrestrial channel between our satellite teleport and your organization's primary network that does not touch the public network. A Leased-Line can be used for dedicated SCPC service, standard shared Internet service, or hybrid service. Clients often use a Leased-Line for increased security, as well as improve reliability and performance since the channel is open with no restrictions. A leased-line cost is dependent on many factors, but a high-cost would be $1000 per month to most locations in the U.S. for a 1.5 Mbps line. MPLS routing is also available.

Point-to-Point Private Satellite Networking
A Point-to-Point network consists of a satellite dish at one location connecting with a satellite dish (or dishes) at other locations that communicate through our satellite teleport. This topology avoids any terrestrial link costs (such as a leased-line from an organization's network to our teleport) making it viable low-cost private satellite network. While Point-to-Point avoids touching the public network, it will double the latency because data is required to travel twice to the orbiting satellite (i.e., Point 1 to satellite to NOC Teleport to satellite to point 2... as opposed to Point 1 to satellite to NOC Teleport to Point 2. Some satellites do have the ability to perform routing in space independent of the NOC, in which case, the latency would not be doubled).

VPN Over Satellite
Many organizations choose to run a VPN over our standard shared iDirect service. However, not all VPN equipment will work well with the inherent latency of satellite, and we recommend speaking with our sales engineers to determine your VPN compatibility over satellite. Ground Control's network does have very low latency (500 to 650 milliseconds), and the bit error rate is better than 10-9, which is defined as a clear channel.

Equipment Co-Location At Teleport
Many of our clients employ VPN's or specialty applications running on their hardware co-located at our several teleports throughout the world. Locating a VPN at the teleport can increase performance since VPN traffic does not travel over the satellite leg portion of the link. All of our co-location facilities are hardened, environmentally controlled, and fully protected against fires and other disasters. Below is information on our North American teleport in Napa California.


Service Portal - Free for all Ground Control Subscribers
From any connected browser, track usage of all owned VSAT equipment in the field with detailed reports on status, bandwidth usage, modem settings, current activity, current mapped location, communication errors, connection quality graph, power level graph, usage, signal quality, and many other items. This service is offered at no charge for Ground Control subscribers.




Ground Control Teleports
Our iDirect teleports for North America are state-of-the-art and is used
by several Fortune 500 companies for their private satellite infrastructures.
Napa California Teleport
Servicing Galaxy 18 @ 123° West Longitude
      Woodbine Maryland Teleport
Servicing AMC-9 @ 83° West Longitude
Teleport Dishes       Teleport Dish
Powerful redundant arrays maintain connectivity on Galaxy 18.       24/7 staffing for telemetry tracking and control of AMC-9.
Server Rackspace       Co-Location Racks
Co-location space in the teleport is temperature and humidified controlled for optimal equipment performance.
     
Co-Location facilities are fully environmentally controlled with fire detection and suppression systems.
Multiple Fiber Paths       Fiber Paths
The Napa teleport is connected by two completely separate primary fiber paths to multiple backbones.
     
The Woodbine Teleport uses a powerful SONET Fiber ring for maintaining connectivity in case of fiber cut.
Generator Backup       Diesel Generator backup
Two diesel generators provide for weeks of electrical power for potential long term power outages.
     
1500 KVA emergency power provided by three 12 cylinder 18.1 liter kVA synchronized redundant diesel generators.
Battery Backup       Battery Bank
An industrial quality UPS backup battery bank will supply instant and sustained power for maintaining 100% uptime.
     
There are several banks of high-kVA uninterruptible power systems available for protecting against brief power outages.
HVAC Fire System       HVAC fire suppressant
An HVAC fire suppressant system eliminates oxygen in a server & co-lo rooms to douse any size fire, without damage to sensitive electronic equipment.
     
The fully redundant HVAC system includes two 80 ton glycol chillers and dry cooling fans for the main building.
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