Acceleration is a leading provider of business-class IT solutions: high-speed Internet access services, private network design and managed support, website design, website hosting and co-location, dedicated and virtual server hosting, and custom application programming.
Started in 1997 as an Internet Service Provider, Acceleration was the first to provide the 56K, v.90 dial-up standard to the state of Florida and later, one of the first to provide competitive broadband services including ADSL, SDSL, and Metro Ethernet. Acceleration is a privately owned Florida corporation with its main headquarters in Gainesville where it also operates a fully redundant data center servicing co-location and website hosting clients from Jacksonville to Orlando to Tampa.
Acceleration operates its own regional ATM backbone that spans the Southeastern United States. Points of presence include Miami, Orlando, and Gainesville, Florida and Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia. The Acceleration broadband network extends nationally via its numerous ATM and TDM interconnections with ILEC, CLEC, fiber provider, and national broadband operators, making Acceleration one of only a few US Internet and data transport providers that can service nearly any market on its own IP network and do so cost effectively using combinations of ADSL, SDSL, T1, Metro Ethernet or just about any inexpensive last-mile technology.
"Small company, BIG opportunities"
Probably the most unique aspect of Acceleration is the scale of our broadband service. In 1999 and 2000, when many Internet providers were rushing to build their DSL networks and get any product to market as quickly as possible, it became clear to us that nearly every regional or national DSL player was choosing ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) as the underlaying transport technology. We already understood the advantages of ATM technology and realized that it could be used to build advanced private network solutions for businesses with many locations at costs that would be a fraction of what frame relay or point-to-point longhaul T1 services cost.
We expanded the Acceleration ATM network with interconnections to just about every local phone company and national broadband operator that had ATM interconnection as an option, creating one of the largest layer 2 ATM interconnected networks in existence that provides access to nearly every city in the country with some type of broadband connection. We might be using an Embarq ADSL in Florida, an AT&T ADSL in Atlanta, a One Communication MVL in Pittsburgh, a New Edge SDSL in Omaha, or a Covad T1 in San Francisco. All of these locations are on the same layer 2 network that is managed by a single entity who can provide many flexible configurations to suit any client's IP needs. It is very much like making the client its own ISP that is directly connected to all of these ATM and broadband networks.
Of course, unlike Acceleration that has to foot the bill for running its own regional backbone and expensive interconnections to reach just about every US market, the large business client with multiple locations doesn't pay any more than it would by simply purchasing individual ADSL and T1 connections. That's basically a FREE private network! For many IT departments, managing a private network can be a source of frustration, especially when a private network is built entirely virtual (VPN). The Acceleration product is TRULY a private network, so much so we gave it our own name: Accelerated Private Network or APN. You may have heard of services called "Managed Private Networks" or "Managed VPN." That's simply an ISP managing your VPN network for you. They will still put you on potentially unreliable ADSL and T1 connections with several vendors, requiring your packets to travel through twenty public routers to get from location to location, but it will "appear" like a private network because of devices like Cisco PIX VPN routers. These devices encrypt the packets before they leave on to the open Internet and are decrypted by a VPN router at another location. Besides, the fact that your packets just traversed the open Internet illustrates why VPNs by their nature slow things down a bit. Think of your DVR cable box at home; switching channels is a little slow because the box has to do some processing with the new video information before you can begin to view it. Now, a VPN is a great little solution when you have no other choice at a given location, but you do have a choice; it's called Accelerated Private Network by Acceleration.