Today saw day 1 of LINX66, the LINX members meeting at Goodenough College in London.  As a LINX member we dispatched our MD Brendan to make a short talk to the group about one of our latest projects — our in-house datacentre.

The presentation briefly covered why we had opted to develop our own infrastructure, how we have gone about implementing all the ancillary services required in a datacentre environment, the network and technology we have built the main services around, how we had gone about detecting and overcoming the inevitable problems which crop up during the day-to-day running of such a facility, and finally the services we are offering at our facility.  Brendan then took questions from the floor relating to the final price tag of the project, as well as addressing some of the technical questions relating to our environmental monitoring network.

For more information download the slides which accompanied the presentation (they’re in PowerPoint format).

If you ever had to do multiple linux installations you know how laborious it can be. At times like this you may have wondered if it would be possible to carry out a fully automatic linux installation. Fortunately it is not only possible to prepare a fully hands-off installation, but also a one that does not require any discs. You can read how to perform a network installation on Paul’s blog, while in this post we will concentrate on making the installation fully automatic. Having a configuration described on Paul’s blog such installation is fairly easy to set up. There are four things we will have to do:

  • Prepare a kickstart file
  • Save the kickstart file in a place accessible for the installer
  • Prepare an installation source
  • Modify the PXE config so it instructs the kernel to use the kickstart file

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The Fubra Network has been growing steadily over the past few years, and we now manage over 100 physical servers across 3 geographically diverse sites.

In the past we have operated a fairly re-active strategy to fixing server problems. For example; if we noticed, or someone told us, that a site was running slowly, we would look into it. If a site went down, we would fix it. Of course, in the long run, this isn’t a great way to look after your network. As the sayings go, “a stitch in time saves nine” and “a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The same is true with server hosting.

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Thinking Differently… An update on our Mac Mini Routers at LINX

We have been quiet for a while on the subject of the mac minis we installed into LINX at Telehouse several months ago…

You may remember the previous article, basically we are using a pair of Mac Mini computers to connect our hosting platform to the LINX Internet exchange in London.

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Great news we have after a lot of hard work behind the scenes we have managed to install a lot of our equipment in the Bunker, configure it all and now start to announce it across LINX via our routers in Telehouse North. To celebrate we have coded a small peering database and sent an email to all the LINX members to see if we can peer.

The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive which makes me really glad we joined LINX in the first place. At the rate we are going we may have over 100 sessions live tomorrow with a following wind and that would be great progress.

This means our sites should be quicker to load on all the providers who connect to us directly and we will be able to spider all the web sites we are starting to crawl at a lower cost which is great news on both counts.

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