27May/100

Update: Fiber cable (colt) mounted

I already wrote about our new 10 Gbit/s fiber connection via Colt to Telia Sonera which is going to be available at the 1st of July in our datacenter. Today some technicians instructed by Colt appeared and - after having passed our safety steps before entering the datacenter area - mounted the Colt fiber cable through the building into the Core Rack of our datacenter, next to our Cisco Routing equipment.  I have made a photo of the new fiber patchpanel to illustrate this:

Now the physical connection has been completed and the red (or is it orange?) cable is waiting to be connected to our router. There are only a few steps left until this will be completed, too.  Afterwards, Giga-Hosting and Giga-International will be completely "multi-homed" by different fiber cables led from different directions into the building. This is a great benefit for our customers and although we never had network problems since we moved into our new datacenter one year ago our network will be even more secure and even more stable afterwards.

8May/100

Additional Upstream: 10 Gbit/s Telia

In addition to the already existing, extremely reliable connection via M-Net (10 Gbit/s) there will be yet another 10 Gbit/s connection in our datacenter available from July the 1st on. The additional glass fiber connection will be provided by Colt and is completely seperated from our primary upstream. Colt themselves are located within the building via two access gateways. Such will guarantee a 100% internet connection redundancy of our datacenter. In the most unlikely event that a fibercable is going to be damaged by a excarvator or somehow else, our clients would not even notice any constraints. The second glassfiber connection would be taking over, as in such case our high end CISCO-equipment would route the traffic automatically and without interruptions of service.

To get started, we will have Telia Sonera - a carrier widely known for his quality - serving as our second upstream. Being a TIER1-carrier, Telia Sonera itself features a peering capacity to other providers exceeding 1.700 Gbit/s. 90% of all european broadbandnetworks are connected to the Telia AS. You'll find more details and a map showing the Telia backbone here.

For our customers that means - besides the formerly mentioned redundancy - that they benefit from an even broader internet bandwidth, a remarkably improved worldwide routing by using parallel upstreams and last but definitely not least, a much better price in regards to traffic.
Further, we will offer more upstreams and peerings in the near future.

2May/101

Internet exchange points

Internet exchange points are a key component of the internet infrastructure. The following short video clip explains how they work.
By the way, we are really proud of our high-quality connectivity. The traffic of our customers can not only be routed through various Internet exchange points but also be routed via many direct peerings to the world´s most important network providers (e.g. Level3, TeliaSonera, CABLE&WIRELESS, Deutsche Telekom, ...). And of course we will expand our connectivity furthermore in the future for you ;-).

2May/103

Ubuntu 10.04 available

Only 4 days after the release of the new Ubuntu version 10.04  (codename: Lucid Lynx) we have updated our systems to install the new version on our servers. The new version is an LTS-version (Long-Time-Support). This means, that Ubuntu will extend the support time and provide updates for a longer time.

Many interesting changes have been included since the last LTS-release. Some of them are:
- upgrade to Linux Kernel 2.6.32
- ext4 as default filesystem
- grub2 as bootloader

You can find more information about the changes in the official release notes.

Once of the most surprising features is, that Ubuntu 10.04 is booting up very fast. I've measured the time with my cell phone and a Dedicated Server Core i7. The stopwatch was started after the BIOS POST was finished and I was surprised ... It takes less than 15 seconds until the boot up process was completed.

We have tested the upgrade by running "apt-get dist-upgrade". Although, we can not recommend upgrading your system this way, because the test system became very slow after the upgrade. After a new installation with the latest version the same system was faster then ever before. Thus, if you want to upgrade your installation you should reinstall your server. Customers, using our ASI system can use it for the reinstallation. All other customers can request a reinstallation at our support. For new customers, be informed that we will add version 10.04 of Ubuntu to our server-configurator, the next days. If you can't wait, just leave a note at the suggestions field below the customer's personal information.

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