Business Partners

KidzBiz.com works with manufacturers, distributors and service providers to bring high value, affordably priced products and services to market. KidzBiz targets both the Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) markets. In effect, the beneficiary becomes the reseller of these products and services and gets paid for brining in the business. This is a community-based business form of ‘crowd sourcing’ that, in part, is possible due to the open source software movement.

We want to acknowledge and thank the open source movement and the tens of thousands of highly dedicated professionals who have given us Linux, Apache, WordPress,MySQL, Joomla, Drupal and countless other innovative and powerful technologies – without their work we could not even begin to build something like KidzBiz.com.

Our Business Partners

numedia
nuMedia group: nuMedia group is an award winning communications and technology company.
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spirit-works
Spirit Works: Spirit Works is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated British Columbia company focused on the creation and distribution of authentic Aboriginal products.
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Network Redux – the power behind our network and hosting services
Based in Portland, Oregon Network Redux (NR) is a Web Hosting and data service provider.
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Datacenter – Security and Sustainability
Our supplier’s data centre was engineered as a Telco Hotel; the building is structural steel frame with concrete flooring, covered with anti-static tile. 96 Tons of cooling provides controlled cooling resources to data centre. Redundant FM 200 units are interlocked with HVAC systems and backed by dry pipe pre-action sprinklers (eliminating leak or premature discharge of water).The data centre is currently in the final design and implementation phase of a sustainable cooling strategy using passive ventilation; cool outside air, securely ducted into our premises to cool our facilities allows for a reduction of cooling load and power consumption. The exterior of the building is built with a 14’ tall, 2’ thick limestone frieze, preventing unauthorized entry from the exterior of the building. Proximity cards are required for building access. Key Fob activated biometric scanners prevent unauthorized access to the floor space, and each customer is segmented with floor to ceiling cage. Remote security cameras record all activity in and outside of the facility, and building security will notify local police at the slightest imperfection of entry.

Power
Our Dell PowerEdge servers are equipped with redundant hot-swappable power supplies. Switching devices are connected to redundant power distribution units to provide power redundancy for our switching and routing fabric. Each physical 42U cabinet is equipped with 4x30AMP drops, connected to 4x30AMP APC Switched PDUs (AP7902). These four links work in active/active pairs, allowing for power dispersion across separate circuits in the physical building. Protected by a DC power plant, UPS Devices, and a Diesel Generator — our per server power segmentation is a strong competitive advantage we hold in the industry.

Switching/Routing
We utilize connectivity from Time Warner Telecom, Level 3 Communications and Integra Telecom. BGP provides redundancy between the three primary upstream providers, should one fail, traffic and routes will divert to the operational links. Each link is treated with equal priority, allowing for the best path to be chosen. Our distribution layers utilize a multiple switch approach (Foundry BigIron), and combined with VRRP provides our access layer with active uplink connections. Our access layers are segmented environments, each with its own active/active pair of fiber uplinks to our distribution network. We pair a set of access switches and distribution uplinks with two 42U cabinets.

Servers
We own and manage our platform of vendor certified hardware. Our current specifications for server deployments are as follows: • Dell PowerEdge 2950 • 8×2.0Ghz Xeon (E5405) • 32GB Memory • 6×450GB SAS-15K RAID-10 Storage (Hot Swappable) • Dual Redundant Hot Swappable Power Supplies We offset disk redundancy concerns with the usage of server grade SAS disks in RAID-10 configurations. We offset our power redundancy concerns with dual power supplies, each which connects to a separate power distribution unit (PDU) fed by independent power sources.

Backups
Our backup and archiving infrastructure utilize Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software provided by BBS Technologies, Inc. CDP is a server software application that enables disk-based data protection and disaster recovery for servers running a Linux or Windows based operating system. CDP Server protects disk volume data using synchronization over LAN and WAN networks storing point-in-time snapshots in disk-based storage. Both of our Datacenters are enabled with CDP backup/archiving platforms. All servers are backed up every 24 hours to onsite and offsite locations. These backups occur between 10:00PM-6:00AM Pacifc Standard Time and occur at the block level, putting minimal strain or load on the production and development servers. Onsite data backups are retained for a period of 30 days. Offsite data backups are retained for a period of 90 days. On the 31st or 91st day of the cycle, the oldest incremental snapshot will be purged from the storage arrays. Our Continuous Data Protection platforms allow multiple forms of data restoration: • File based restoration • Block level bare metal restore • Mysql granular table level restoration • Data restoration to a remote server or location over a LAN or WAN Data restoration services are provided at no additional charge, and must be requested by an authorized person assigned to the KidzBiz account.
Restoration procedures can occur 24/7/365 and are given priority queuing over standard backup procedures in our CDP platforms.