.Ax ccTLD (Aland Islands) Becomes Operational

ICANN finally announced that the Aland Islands country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .ax has now become operational.

The announcement follows formal approval of the new ccTLD by the ICANN Board on the 9/June/2006 and addition of the .ax domain to the root zone shortly afterwards.

The Aland Islands is an autonomous province of Finland, representing a cluster of 6,500 islands located in the Baltic sea between the mainlands of Sweden and Finland.

Its population of 26,200 inhabits just 65 of the islands (the remainder uninhabitable) and has Swedish as the primary language.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2006/08/ax-cctld-becomes-operational/

New DataCentre Builds For The Big 3 Search Engines

According to an article published in the New York Times, 8/June/2006, Google Seeks More Power, yet another new massive datacentre is to be constructed utilising the enormous power-generation capabilities of the Columbia River.

This joins MSN and Yahoo!, who already have building works underway in border towns between southern Washington and northern Oregon, all wanting to take advantage of the cheap electricity provided by the powerful mountain river.

With each of the search giants utilising many thousands of servers, availability of adequate power and connectivity are the main concerns in todays datacentre builds, with the equipment, land and staff now being cheap in relative terms. The expected increase in servers and storage systems for the main search engines is to grow from almost a million sytsems now to well over 4 million over the next 5 years.

This will make the Washington/Oregon border towns one of the most densley concentrated internet server locations in the world. During the .com boom massive trunks of fibreoptic cable were laid through the area, with many large companies grabbing as much dark fibre in the area as they can for “pennies on the dollar” of the original cost.

Exactly how these online giants will be improving access to the region has not yet been explained, with each of the datacentre facilities are in highly remote desert and mountain areas. Whilst this may be considered to add to “security” of the plant, it should mean local staffing possibilities, bringing new job prospects to the region.

The current/planned DC builds are …

  • Google will be adding to their existing facilities around The Dalles nr Portland, Oregon.
  • Yahoo are building at Quincy, Washington State.
  • Microsoft are planning theirs at Wenatchee, Washington State.

Expect to see Google sponsoring desert camel treks, and the rebranded (Y!) logo plastered all over extreme sports mountain buggies in the near future, as from looking at aerial photographs of the regions, it looks like they are the only transport methods !

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2006/08/new-datacentre-builds-for-the-big-3-search-engines/

LINX Scores a Hat Trick with Redbus Interhouse

LINX Scores a Hat Trick with Redbus Interhouse to provide the largest Internet exchange in the world

London, UK, February 22, 2006 (XTVWorld.Com) — The London Internet Exchange (LINX) today announces that its new connection point at Redbus Interhouse’s Meridian Gate has now gone live. By having LINX facilities in each of Redbus Interhouse’s London datacentres, the UK Internet has been dramatically strengthened to provide the LINX network with greater resiliency and redundancy as well as an increased level of service.

LINX enables ISPs and content delivery providers to exchange traffic between their networks. The process – known as ”peering” – allows customers of one LINX member to send and receive data from customers of other members. LINX is one of the largest exchanges in the world and handles up to 96 per cent of UK Internet traffic.

Meridian Gate provides LINX and its members with the very latest world-class resilient infrastructure with multiple levels of 24/7 security and stable high-capacity power supplies. In addition, there is a first class fire protection system, in-house support and environmental controls.

 

John Souter, Managing Director, LINX, comments:
In 2005 we witnessed a significant surge in Internet traffic. As a result the LINX grew more in 2005 than in any other year, and I definitely believe this is because we’re experiencing the beginning of a dotcom resurgence. The connection point at Meridian Gate will provide an increased level of service to both new and existing members as well as offering a more resilient network. Ultimately, it is individual Internet users who will benefit from a system which is more robust.

 

Mike Tobin, CEO, Redbus Interhouse said:
We view LINX’s decision as a great vote of confidence in our services and facilities and we look forward to continuing to support the organisation to deliver its offering to its members, who are also our customers. Now with LINX’s presence in all three of our London sites we see enormous value in strengthening our relationship with them and this reinforces our position as leading colocation providers, enhancing the service we provide our customers.

Customer comments:

Meridian Gate takes the number of sites at which LINX has peering facilities to seven, all of them in London. LINX operates two separate, but parallel, networks linking all these sites, ensuring peace of mind and high security for its members.

 

Within this first week of live connection we’ve been able set up over 40 peering relationships. WFCS is committed to increasing its network outreach and has been very impressed by the service that both LINX and Redbus Interhouse have provided us,
comments Paul Sillars, Managing Director, Wyre Forest Computer Solutions Ltd.

 

Rob Golding, Managing Director, Othello Technology Systems Ltd said,
LINX has already enabled us to forge peering relationships with over 100 other members. Being part of LINX allows us not only to improve network interconnections and redundancy, but provides the opportunity to take an active part in the essential working groups and forums deciding the future of the UK internet.

 

Joining LINX enables us to further develop our OHTele.com network thus improving the service we offer to our 3,500 customers, and the opening of the LINX PoP in Redbus Interhouse’s Meridian Gate has made this far easier for us to accomplish,
commented David Buckle, OHTele.com

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2006/02/linx-scores-a-hat-trick-with-redbus-interhouse/

Famous (dead) comedians best sketches redone for the techno-age

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were still alive, their infamous comedy sketch “Who’s on First?” might have turned out something like this …

Costello telephones a computer retail chain picked from the Yellow Pages

ABBOTT: Super-Duper Computer Sales. How can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue “W”.

COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue “w” if you don’t start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

Fast Forward to a few days after delivery…

ABBOTT: Super-Duper Computer Sales. How can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on “START”…….

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2006/01/famous-dead-comedians-best-sketches-redone-for-the-techno-age/

Astutium Ltd Acquires BeamHost.co.uk CPanel Hosting and VPS Services

23rd January 2006, London UK. 9.00 AM

Astutium Ltd, a leading provider of domain names, email and uk web hosting plus many other online services to the UK small and medium enterprise sector (SMEs), today announced that it has acquired BeamHost (BeamHost.co.uk).


Our first priority is the catching up of all outstanding support issues, and customer service enquiries. Please bear with us over the next few days as we get used to the BeamHost systems and procedures. If anyone has any very serious/urgent issues, they are welcome to email me directly on Rob.Golding [at] OthelloTech.net

For non-critical problems, please use the usual online customer support system and one of the support technicians will get to your issues ASAP.

reported Rob Golding, Astutium Ltd Director.

The prices of services to existing customers are not expected to change and already preparations are being made to improve both the Shared Hosting and Virtual Private Server facilities formerly offered under the BeamHost brand.

Future plans following the Astutium acquistion of BeamHost being organised include:

  • Planned updates to all aspects of the organisation
  • Upgrades to existing servers and new UK servers
  • Extended Technical Support Team available 24/7 by ticket, email and telephone

Astutium Ltd are a UK Ltd Company, who have been providing internet solutions through dial-up & dsl services, domain name registration, hosting, dedicated server and colocation services for 10 years, operating in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and United States, and with customers worldwide.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2006/01/astutium-ltd-acquires-beamhost-co-uk-cpanel-hosting-and-vps-services/

Data Centre Expansion – Extends Space Within Redbus Interhouse Facility in London

London, UK, 30/December/2005 9:00am

Astutium Ltd, a major UK colocation provider, has again increased their footprint in London Docklands.

The company has extended its private “Clever Metal Suite” facility at Telecity/Redbus Interhouse II (Meridian Gate) by another 48 racks making an additional 2256u of colo available.

The latest expansion makes Astutium the largest supplier of colocation and managed dedicated servers within the Redbus Interhouse carrier neutral data-centres.

Space in quality London datacentres is almost exhausted, this ensures we can continue to provide colo within the heart of the UK internet in docklands well into 2006

reports Rob Golding, Othello Technology Systems Director.

Mentioned On…

http://www.datacentres.com/press/viewpress.asp?url=archive.asp&offset=25&prid=51

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2005/12/data-centre-expansion-extends-space-within-redbus-interhouse-facility-in-london/

The new support system

The new support system, integrating knowledgebase, downloads, troubleshooters and support ticket management is now online and integrated into the client portal

For all future support, please go to Astutium Website
and login to the Client Portal (links at the top)

Support will still be available by email to support@, but use of the online system for tracking and management is preferred – emails will be piped in automatically but can take time to arrive, and time to be picked up.

All existing “how-to” articles have been imported into the knowledge base and work has started on extending it to be a one-stop self help system.

Any questions, feel free to ask.
Any problems, please let us know.

We’ll be migrating the forum to be part of the overall support system shortly.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2005/08/the-new-support-system/

A New Registrar Is Born …

Google, the ubiquitous group running the Search Engine, shopping portal , news group archives and world famous gmail have today begun plans to break into the Domain Name Regisitration market.

A quick visit to the IANA list of Registrars shows a new entry in the charts at number 895 domain pickers …
891-894 Unassigned
895 Google, Inc.
896-900 Unassigned

How long until they start a 1&1 type campaign of loss-leading sales to take-over the registration world ?

A quick glossary of terms, as they’re often misquoted …

REGISTRY is the company running the database which stores the allocated domain names, their nameserver details etc.
There are only a few Registries Verisign/NSI (.com/.net) , Affilias (.info), Nominet (.uk) etc.

REGISTRAR is the ICANN approved company that can update the registry with the details of a new domain name.
The IANA list above shows those allocated a registrar id number.

REGISTRANT is the person (a company is also a person in this respect) who is listed as “owning” a domain. Their details should be publicly visable as part of the WhoIs data . Certain registrars abuse their powers and allow you to hide such details from the public domain as a money-generating scheme, mostly used by scammers, or those “frightened” that the legitimate listing of the data will lead to more spam by the sh!ts who data-mine WhoIs information.

REGISTRATION AGENT is whom a registrant gets to regsiter their domain name. Agents may be a part of theregistrar themselves (for example registering direct with Nominet at £80+vat) or a member/reseller of one of the registrars.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2005/01/a-new-registrar-is-born-%e2%80%a6/

Astutium Ltd Acquires BeyondPerception.net

London, UK, 21/December/2004 9:00am

Astutium Ltd is pleased to announce the completed integration of another new addition into its internet services family … beyondperception.net

The acquisition of Northern Ireland hosting specialists BeyondPerception brings with it a large CPanel based hosting service, complementing the existing service offerings of CPanel/WHM, Cobalt, HSphere, Ensim and Plesk based business linux hosting packages.

After careful planning the companies decided to move the BeyondPerception UK clients to the Astutium DataCentre in Docklands, London, UK to provide the shortest hops and fastest access for the NI and mainland UK based businesses.

As part of the integration, customers have been moved to faster hardware and improved/newer versions of software, including an automatic open source software installer for cPanel.

All newly acquired accounts have been migrated, with 0% downtime from the end-client point of view.

reported Astutium Ltd MD Rob Golding

Astutium Ltd offer UK business online solutions for domain registration, email/web hosting, website design, programming, maintenance, merchant services, SSL Certificates, Dial-Up, ADSL/SDSL and Leased Lines, Dedicated Servers and Collocation.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2004/12/astutium-ltd-acquires-beyondperception-net/

Astutium Ltd acquires DesignRWeb

Astutium Ltd are proud to announce the inclusion of the
DesignRWeb business into the growing Othello family of internet services.
The inclusion of another first class linux hosting brand adds to our overall
strategy of offering quality personal, business, corporate and reseller
hosting on the widest range of technology platforms.

For existing customers the takeover should bring a greater level of
investment into the business, alongside more staff, UK and Europe based
transit services and system improvements. All DesignRWeb customers should
continue to receive the support and service they have come to expect, with a
vast array of new featires and facilities coming online over the coming few
months.

Planned changes and enhancements include:
* New server hardware
* More choice of control panel (Plesk, Cpanel, Hsphere, Cobalt, HELM)
* Windows Hosting by customer request
* Improved Reseller plans
* Divergent nameservers
* Increased performance from high-quality UK banswidth and peering
agreements
* Easier customisation of hosting service
* Online FAQ/Help Center
* Domain ordering Service

We have now obtained our own Nominet Tag (DESIGNRWEB) further reinforcing
the brand identity.

The DesignRWeb look and style should largely remain with a new website,
ordering system and forum coming online by mid-May.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2004/05/astutium-ltd-acquires-designrweb/

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