Welcome to issue #8 of Packets Down Range. I am making haste in order to get on the road to Texas for some work. It will be nice to go from 31-degree weather in Indiana to 70s in Texas, even though some of it will be spent inside a data center at night. News has been a little light due to new items
Data Center News
•AWS says it will be water positive by 2030. As part of the “water+” initiative, Amazon Web Services shared the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) for its data centers, and said it will report annually on its WUE, new water reuse and recycling efforts, as well as new activities to reduce water consumption in its facilities.
•Omni Fiber acquires Ohio Telecom Inc. Omni Fiber, a Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) provider committed to bringing high-speed Internet access to underserved markets in the Midwest has acquired Port Clinton based Ohio Telecom, Inc. to accelerate growth.
Ever wonder why BGP seems to be such a complicated protocol to administer? It seems pretty straightforward to set up. Some commands, and you have a BGP session. Easy huh? BGP is one of those things where the more BGP feeds you bring in, the more complex traffic management becomes. Why? Take a look at the following graphic.
What you are looking at is a small visualization of some of the AS connections to Hurricane Electric (AS6939) in North America. This is not all of them, just what I could fit on the screen for this article. Some of these are “transit ASes” which means they sit between Hurricane and another network or networks. This is important to understand because they can influence how your traffic reaches customers or resources on Hurricane electric if they are between you and them. The same thing goes for Hurricane Electric. They are a transit AS between companies and resources. Their policies in terms of BGP traffic can influence your traffic. This is just one AS. There are thousands and thousands of others.
Now imagine you have 4 upstream providers with various peerings and upstream peers. Each one of them can do various manipulations to the same destination. Your routers will pick the best path, but that path may have Congestion or a host of other influences on your traffic.
For myself, as a network engineer, being able to diagnose and troubleshoot path issues is an art, just as it is a science.
Welcome to issue #7 of Packets Down Range. Turkey Day is almost upon us here in the States. As a result, I am pushing this out a day early. Keep those news reports coming. I will be having a Patreon Edition on Black Friday, mainly focusing on some hand-picked deals related to networking. I also have some items listed on Facebook WISP equipment with free shipping for Patreon supporters.
Data Center News
•How do Data Centers work? When touring part of Flexential’s datacenter campus, called Hillsboro 3, one gets a sense of just how much power, equipment, money and personnel goes into operating Oregon’s growing tech sector.
•Preseem Podcast Episode 3 is out. Anton Kapela and Dave Clelland join us as our first guests to talk about Tarana. They discuss with RF experts theoretical minimums, whether it’s a “Mimosa B11”, and the magic behind it.
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Welcome to issue #6 of Packets Down Range. The thing I am excited about lately is the 100 Gig passive mux by solid optics. One of the hats I wear is running an IX. We are always looking for ways to best utilize our dark fiber assets to increase data rates. Keep those tips and articles coming. I am working on the Patreon edition, and it will be released shortly.
Data Center News
•Are Data Centers pricing themselves out of the market? Rising energy costs, increases in cross-connect fees, and just general price raising are causing more folks to look at moving more things into the cloud.
•Crosstown Fiber extends its footprint in the greater Chicago area. Crosstown’s underground network is designed for customers who need access to resilient fiber pathways. The company will target school systems, large corporations, hyperscalers and data center operators, small cell wireless carriers, content providers, and municipal and other government agencies.
Welcome to issue #5 of Packets Down Range. Keep those news articles coming! In this issue: Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? Starlink caps. TBW #173. The Patreon edition can be found here for supporters.
•365 Data Centers acquires the network and colocation business of Sungard Availability Services. The new data center facilities are in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Carlstadt (NJ), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), and Smyrna (GA).
Interconnection & Peering
•Using Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? This article gets the synapses firing. However, do we want IP addresses to be de-centralized? They are resources, and resources need managing. If they were as plentiful as water is an argument. I say, “But we still regulate water to a degree.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a practical application. I just don’t think this is one. Maybe I’m wrong. We will see..
•Microsoft’s (MSFT) revenue growth numbers still beat expectations, given they are both hyperscaler and a major cloud service provider with its Azure offerings. “This quarter, Microsoft Cloud revenue was $25.7 billion, up 24% (up 31% in constant currency) year-over-year.
•Google’s parent company Alphabet (GOOG) fell short of investors’ expectations in its earnings, causing the company’s shares to fall 28% this year. The Google Cloud, though, grew at 38% to $6.9 billion in revenue, beating analysts’ predictions.
•Amazon (AMZN) Web Services reported a 27% increase in segment sales to $20.5 billion
•Equinix (EQIX) reported an increase in revenue of 10% to $1.8 billion and a sixth consecutive quarter of record channel bookings. A net income loss of $212 million diluted the cost of a share to $2.30, a 3% decrease from the previous quarter.
•Digital Realty (DLR) reported revenue of $1.19 billion, though the share price decreased 42.6%
•Iron Mountain (IRM) reported a solid third quarter, coming in with total revenue of $1.29 billion.
Humor This is one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons
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Welcome to the Patreon edition of Packets Down Range. This is where you get even more news and content for supporting PDR. In this issue we talk about MineCraft and how you can manage data centers, Preseem 2022 notification, and more.
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Welcome to issue #4 of Packets Down Range. My name is Justin, and I’ll be your host. Highlights of this issue include acquisitions, arm processor news, Nanog elections, and more. . Since the last issue, I have registered packetsdownrange.com. If you have news or want to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact me.
Other Industry News •Yet again, Europe imposes its will on the Internet. European laws are why we have all these annoying “Accept cookies” popups. They are the reason the iPhone is going to USB-c. Now they want to make the Internet more open.
•Arm could change licensing to phase out CPU licensing. Could this affect Mikrotik? Qualcomm claimed in its filing last week that Arm has already told at least one device maker that uses Qualcomm’s processors that it will need to obtain a “new direct license from Arm” in the future to use Arm-powered silicon. This new license will apparently require product manufacturers to pay royalties directly to Arm for every Arm-based device sold. If these makers do not accept the license, “they will be unable to obtain Arm-compliant chips from 2025 forward,” Qualcomm alleged.