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Nov
30
Please help make a difference Take a look here and make a difference. It's really easy too. Really.

There's been some progress, but it's a small step, and not enough at all.

Less than 11 days to go.

Don't want to end up like this:
""If it bothers you that the China government does it, it should bother you when your cable company does it," McLaughlin said at the policy conference."

Posted by: Myke |

Nov
23
We're on OttIX! Since we had such a dull weekend, we decided to increase our peering presence - in our own hometown! We're now members of the Ottawa Internet Exchange.

While 80% of the other networks on OttIX are also on TorIX (which we've been on for almost 2 years now), there's a number of new peers we're now much more closely connected to, primarily Primus/Magma, the Federal GigaPOP, Telecom Ottawa/Atria Networks, CarletonU, QueensU, U Guelph (?), U Toronto (??) and many others.

Most customers aren't going to notice a huge difference, but it's a little more redundancy, a few shorter links, probably better access for all of 'em.

We're also working on getting our peering sessions working at the Milan IXP, and perhaps naïvely trying to get on the QIX.

Another connection for us to setup is a link between our Toronto & Montréal datacenters... we don't actually have anything direct/controllable other than transit (ie: Internet) connections between the two sites. It's not high-priority, but a nice-to-have kind of thing. Then again, we're growing quickly enough that we might actually skip a few steps and just get a hard-line (like Fiber or a PVC) instead.

Posted by: Myke |

Nov
22
Uneventful is good. It was a boring day.

I woke around 0510 and saw some trucks lining the streets (good view from my hotel room.)
Shortly after 0600 the drone of generators started.
And then nothing exciting happened.

Around 1300 I went to tour the facilities and grab some stuff out of the rack I'd left on Friday night. I exited the elevator to be greeted by about 25-30 bored HVAC, Generator, Electrical and other technicians, the facilities manager and the president of the company. He took me for a quick tour, showed me all the spare/temporary HVAC units they'd brought in... it was very cool in there today - so much so that they were actively humidifying, not dehumidifying the air.

Shortly after 1400, power was restored and the generators eventually stopped.

All in all a good diesel day: Nothing happened.

As entertaining as drama can be, I like these kinds of diesel days.

Posted by: Myke |

Nov
18
Mail Server Maintenance this weekend 2009-11-20 20:00 to 2009-11-22 14:00 We will be performing hardware and software upgrades to Vice, our mail/webmail/DNS3/M1-IRC server. We'll try to install the RAM (and memtest86+ it) earlier in the maintenance window so if there's any problems we can catch them before the end of the window on Sunday. We may also perform some software & OS updates that may require reboots/service restarts throughout the weekend, depending on some vendor recommendations.

Posted by: Myke |

Nov
18
Diesel Day in Montréal Datacenter this weekend 2009-11-22 06:00-14:00 our provider will be conducting electrical maintenance. While it's not supposed to be service impacting, they've warned there may be environmental variation (ie: HVAC.) And while this facility has a clean record for diesel days, we've been through the song & dance enough times not to play with fire. Myke will be on-site (or at least nearby :) to TLC if anything does go wrong.

We don't have a MOP (yet), but we've requested one. Often these things end a couple hours before the scheduled end-time.

We'll also be performing some server upgrades... and some other tweaks.

Stay tuned here and to our @ServerNorth Twitter feed for the ever-exciting updates.

[Updated 2009-11-18 13:21.37] We're not going to be given any more detailed a schedule. Security or some such reasoning. We tried. Sorry.

Posted by: Myke |

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