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Our staff includes system engineers, programmers and developers that can solve your technology issues.

The staff at SkyLamp consists of graphic designers, web developers, database engineers, marketing specialists and more. We assemble a project based team to best serve our clients needs. Through close collaboration and a thorough understanding of expectations, we work quickly and efficiently to minimize corporate disruption.

We are detail fanatics and continue a communication channel during the entire project workflow to keep our clients educated and aware of all milestones. We are the right sized business: big enough to handle the challenges faced by our target customer base but small enough to remain nimble and able to adjust midcourse in response to the ever changing environment in which we thrive.

SkyLamp’s leadership brings several years of corporate and technology experience to a highly skilled team of developers and artists. Our leadership has worked for and with Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, technology, communications and advertising industries.


All of SkyLamp's servers are housed in private datacenter space in the newly renovated 427 LaSalle data center facility located adjacent to the Chicago Board of Trade in downtown Chicago. The building is one of Chicago's preeminent carrier hotels with excellent options for metro and global connectivity.

Chicago is one of the most connected cities in the world, and it's central location makes it the optimum location for serving Internet content. Chicago serves as one of North America's largest Internet hubs and is home to every major network provider. Most of the fiber optics that connect the East and West coasts of the United States run through Chicago and this yields low latency to both coasts as well as to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Chicago was recently rated the greenest city in the US for datacenter locations. A recent study showed Chicago was much more energy efficient and produced only a small fraction of carbon emissions than other datacenter locations. Chicago was also recently ranked one of the safest cities in the United States with a very low risk for natural disasters ahead of other cities in Texas, California, Florida and the East Coast - all of which have a much greater risk for hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods than Chicago.

Datacenter Statistics

  • SAS 70 Certified Datacenter
  • 3 3000 Amp, 480 Volt, 3 phase power feeds from multiple sub-stations
  • 3 2 MegaWatt (MW) Electrical Generators
  • 4 500 KVA UPS systems
  • 4 300 Ton Chillers
  • Automatic logic monitoring of all critical equipment
  • 24x7 Security Staffing and CCTV Surveillance
  • Biometric Scanners for Datacenter Access
  • Mantraps and Optical Turnstiles at entrance


Network Design

The SkyLamp network consists of two separate networks: a public Internet network and a private internal network. This “network within a network” design is comprised of two logically separate and redundant network architectures. Every rack is a private rack at SkyLamp.

The public Internet network connects client servers to the Internet at 10 / 100 / 1000Mbps port speeds. Each client is isolated to their own private VLAN to maximize security. This network is continuously monitored for performance and reliability. Bandwidth graphs, projections and custom alerts are available.

The private internal network is not reachable from the public Internet. It also separates client servers into their own private VLAN security purposes, and also allows us to provide many services not found at other providers. The private network allows your servers to securely communicate at speeds up to 1000Mbps without incurring any bandwidth charges. This eliminates additional switch charges, cross connect fees, and having to move servers from rack to rack as you add servers.

The private network also connects all servers to internal services offered by SkyLamp: off-server backup, Network Attached Storage, update servers, local DNS sesolvers, service monitoring, IPMI metrics, and software/OS performance metrics all without using any of the public bandwidth allowance.

Bandwidth Providers

We took great care in researching and selecting only the highest quality Tier 1 bandwidth providers for our network to ensure we provide low latency and high availability to all locations both domestically and abroad.

Level(3) was recently named as the #1 IP transit provider in both North America and Europe by Renesys Corp, an independent research firm. Level(3) operates one of the world's largest, newest and most advanced Tier 1 telecommunications networks. The network spans 23,000 intercity route miles and serves the worlds 10 largest phone companies, 10 largest Internet service providers, and 6 largest cable providers. They were also ranked in the top 10 globally for Asia-Pacific connectivity by Renesys and are currently ranked #1 in the world by CAIDA.

Sprint operates one of the world's largest Tier 1 IP networks - connecting over 25% of the world's Internet traffic. The Sprint IP backbone has more Autonomous System network connections than any other, with high-speed links that operate up to OC-192 / STM-64 - the fastest speeds available over IP today. 

Sprint was recently ranked the #1 IP transit provider in Asia, #2 in Europe, and #4 in North America by Renesys Corp, an independent research firm. Sprint's IP network is second highest ranked network in CAIDA's ranking of Autonomous Systems in the entire world.

Savvis operates a global Tier 1 network that spans 105 cities in 47 countries, encompassing the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Savvis network reliability was declared 'Perfect' in Network World magazine's study of ISP backbone performance achieving a 100-percent uptime rating and theoretical minimum rates for a beam of light traveling cross-country. Known as the 'The Network that Powers Wall Street' Savvis provides network services to over 4,500 financial institutions including 75 of the top 100 banks in the world and 45 of the top 50 brokerage firms in the United States. Savvis was recently ranked in the top 10 for Global IP Transit, North American Transit, and Asia-Pacific transit.

NTT Communications operates a high quality Tier 1 IP backbone with direct connection to major ISPs in Asia, the U.S., Europe and Oceania. The network currently boasts the industry's largest dedicated Internet bandwidth of 185Gbps between Japan and U.S and 65Gbps to the Asia-Pacific region to provide end users with fast Internet connections globally. The network currently operates with 4.3Tbps total backbone capacity, and 705Gbps peering capacity. NTT was recently rated in the Top 5 for Global IP Transit and Asia-Pacific Transit.

Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, operating one of the largest capacity IP networks in existence. Cogent now carries 17% of all Internet traffic with presences in over 110 markets throughout North America and Europe. With a currently implemented capacity of 80-240 Gbit/s, Cogent's international IP network is the largest in the world and is scalable to a total capacity of over one Terabit. Cogent is ranked among the top five networks in the world. Cogent is currently ranked #3 by CAIDA.


Our robust and scalable network utilizes only routing and switching products from industry-leaders Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. We use Juniper M-series routers in our border routing layer and Cisco 3750 series switch stacks in our core switching and aggregation layer. This setup is fully meshed with redundant internal and external fiber connections for maximum reliability. At the client access level we use Cisco 2960 series switches for both our public and private networks. These switches are connected in a bonded, redundant fashion to our core layer to not only enhance reliability but to reduce the risk of congestion and provide maximum throughput.