Category archives: Our Network

Our new firewalls need beta-testers

It’s been a long time coming: UltraFire v2, our new firewall, is ready to be tested in the field. If you’re new to hosting, then essentially a firewall is the bit of the chain which protects the network and servers against …

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2012 network uptime

So 2012′s over and the statistics are in. We’re pleased to say we smashed our 99.95% SLA on network uptime, by providing Internet connectivity to our servers for 99.999% of the entire year. Find out more about our fast and …

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Peer with us!

Recently, John Souter of LINX has announced that IXManchester had hit the 2 Gbit/second mark for traffic exchanged between peers. This is a milestone worth noting in at least a small way. As we’ve mentioned before, IXManchester represents a community of …

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Gonna get ourselves connected

We don’t often think about it, but beneath our streets, a quiet revolution has been taking place. The great legacy of Victorian engineering is the sewerage system in towns and cities across the UK. Many of these are still in …

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Ending over the air TV broadcasts will congest UK broadband even further

The House of Lords has recommended ending the use of airwaves to broadcast TV and re-allocating this spectrum to mobile data usage. TV “should be delivered exclusively over the Internet”, reports the Reg. The House of Lords report, titled Broadband …

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Building resilience for the big event: Part 1 – The network

So, it starts today. That thing we can’t really talk about. But we’ll probably be sat at home watching it on telly (unless you’re Chris and off to watch some movie that came out AGES ago). It won’t surprise you …

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IX Manchester takes off!

Recently, our Technical Director Rob blogged about the importance of resilience in network connectivity and a new peering exchange launching to support Manchester, run by LINX under the guise of IX Manchester. Even before I joined the team at Melbourne, …

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World IPv6 Launch Day

Today, is World IPv6 Launch day. But why? We all know the Internet is ‘running out’ of address space, why is there a whole day to make a fuss over it? For roughly a year since the first ‘World IPv6 …

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Mirroring Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – stats from a week on

If you’re a nerd like us, you might enjoy some stats from our mirroring of the latest Ubuntu release, Precise Pangolin. In the hours after we announced that our mirrors were live, we experienced an incredible traffic spike with over …

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Why avoid London? Part 2

Earlier this week I blogged about the launch event of IXManchester, a regional Manchester peering network facilitated by the operators of the London Internet Exchange (LINX). The event was held at the BBC’s new headquarters in MediaCityUK and included presentations from …

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