Current Projects Redundancy & Virtualization
The IT Department has built a virtual environment and is currently migrating our physical servers to this new environment. These virtual servers are located in our primary NOC, and are duplicated in near-real-time to our disaster recovery NOC. At the same time we are also updating our network by bringing our server operating systems and email systems up to date.
The City of Kings Mountain was selected by one of our technology vendors (Katalyst) to highlight our use of technology along with their services in a customer spotlight video.
Ongoing Projects Fiber Optics
A fiber optic loop has been installed in Kings Mountain that is owned and operated by The City. This project is a collaboration between the Energy Services Department and the Information Technology Department to reduce The Cities cost in providing communication between city buildings and utility infrastructure. It has not only reduced cost but also allowed us to operate at a much higher speed and with a higher availability.
The city now offers leasing of our surplus "dark fibers" to our industrial and commercial customers. A "dark fiber" is one that does not provide any service, only a high speed highway for connectivity. Dark fiber can be used for building to building connectivity, last mile (referring to the portion of the telecommunications network chain that physically reaches from the carrier to the customer premises), or even to connect to our newest offering, off-site rack space in our data center.
We have installed an extremely reliable state-of-the-art fiber network that we are excited to be able to offer to our large businesses and industrial customers. For more information or questions regarding leasing any dark fibers in our area, please do not hesitate to call and ask for the Energy Services Director or the Information Technology Director. Please see our Energy Services page for photos, contact information, and additional information about this project.
We have just finished building two NOC's to facilitate the growing technology developments of the city. Our primary NOC is in our Public Works building and houses city fiber optic access panels, networking electronics, city servers, SCADA systems, and radio equipment.
This site was chosen primarily because it is already on full generator backup for power. A fire suppression system has been installed to protect our equipment, and a security camera system is in place to further protect the premise. For ensured up-time and disaster recovery, a mirror site has been constructed at our City Hall NOC. Our fiber optic loop was designed for redundancy, and so have our NOCs. We now pull in dual internet service providers for the city facilities to add an extra layer of reliability and up time.