ESD Tour To Bring The Cloud Down To Earth

SOUTHFIELD — Seems like everyone is talking about gigabit fiber data connectivity these days, but do Michigan engineers and entrepreneurs really understand fiber, how it works and why it’s important? And do people understand the physical infrastructure of the internet — and as data becomes an increasingly important business asset, should they?

The Engineering Society of Detroit is inviting its members to tour the headquarters of the managed services provider 123.Net in Southfield to better understand how the internet really works.

Despite all the conversation about “virtualization,” the internet is, in fact, a very tangible thing. At 123.Net, participants will see one of the state’s most connected buildings, a place where a massive data center connects to a state-wide fiber network and numerous wireless Points of Presence. The building is also home to the Detroit Internet Exchange, and sits on top of Michigan’s most connected intersection — M-10 (the Lodge Freeway), 10 Mile Road and and Evergreen Road.

This is your chance to understand how the internet really works – bringing the cloud back down to earth, if you will.

The site offers plenty of convenient parking and easy access from all of Southeast Michigan. Sign up today at this link.

COST: $25 for ESD members; non-members can join ESD for $75 (a 25 percent discount) and attend the tour for free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)

TO REGISTER: Call 248-353-0735, ext. 222, to register by phone.

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