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Melbourne mirrors online

Read More 7th Jan 2010
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Here at Melbourne, we’re a big supporter of open source initiatives. From operating systems to web servers, our technical team love to get involved with open source projects. To further support the growth of open source operating systems, we are now providing a public mirror service located in our Turing Datacentre. The mirror service can…Read More

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LINX (London Internet Exchange) Failure

Read More 11th Dec 2009
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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) suffered a major failure on Wednesday afternoon, leading to a significant slowdown of UK traffic.  LINX acts as a main peering point for UK ISPs, allowing them to exchange traffic directly, which is cheaper than sending it via transit carriers. LINX is fairly pivotal for UK Internet traffic, and this…Read More

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Handy DNS checking tool

Read More 10th Dec 2009
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One of our customers has setup a handy DNS checking tool, which doesn’t require a subscription payment.   It’s handy for diagnosing DNS issues, including Parent servers, SOA and NS records, and also MX and WWW. You can find the tool at http://www.checkmydns.biz/ Daniel Keighron-Foster, Technical Director.

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On the Importance of a Clean and Tidy Data Centre

Read More 26th Nov 2009
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We see data centres as pretty sterile places, with flashy lights and expensive IT equipment.  It’s therefore quite important that the place is kept tidy and clean. Yesterday we had our Reynolds House data centre facility professionally cleaned by CRM Services.  This is obviously essential for any well-run data centre, as various visitors and contractors…Read More

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New job post: Support Technician

Read More 26th Nov 2009
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We’re looking for a new support technician to join our growing technical support and server management team in Manchester.  The position is based from our Hulme, Manchester office and datacentres. Please note: Melbourne is not accepting submissions from recruitment companies for this position. If you’re currently working for one of our customers, please note that…Read More

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Networking with Melbourne

Read More 20th Nov 2009
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Networking with Melbourne – a chance to tour our new Turing House data centre One of my key tasks is making the business public aware of servers and their importance to enterprise. On Thursday Melbourne had a fantastic opportunity to further that goal when it co-sponsored Simply Networking at Turing House– adjacent to our headquarters….Read More

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SSL/TLS vulnerability discovered

Read More 12th Nov 2009
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A serious vulnerability has been identified in the current SSL (Version 3) and TLS (Version 1) whereby an attacker is able to issue commands to the server that appear to be coming from a legitimate source, by exploiting a flaw in the SSL renegotiation method. As an example, lets try the following HTTP request..; GET…Read More

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Sales-lead solutions

Read More 12th Nov 2009
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Leading on from Daniels post regarding honesty. As technical architect for Melbourne I’m a massive fan of the datacentre tours we offer both our existing and prospective clients. I think it’s a great opportunity to create close-knit relationships allowing us to: Get a detailed understanding of how your business/application/website depends on its I.T. Create bespoke…Read More

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A brief word on honesty

Read More 4th Nov 2009
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It seems to be de rigeur in the hosting industry to upsell one’s infrastrucutre, in the process potentially making slightly misleading claims about datacentre and/or network ownership. Hopefully you wouldn’t expect this kind of behaviour from Melbourne, and rightly so.  All the literature about our network and datacentre specifications is correct, accurate and factual. Rest…Read More

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Dedicated or Virtual?

Read More 29th Oct 2009
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Now virtualisation has reached maturity, virtual servers are a real alternative to dedicated servers.  However, they’re not ideal for all situations. From our point-of-view we’re seeing virtual servers as a great alternative to our entry-level dedicated servers, and a great deal faster than older dedicated servers running on deprecated hardware. That said, they’re not perfect…Read More

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